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UPDATE: Iota Police issue status of threat investigation

Posted at 4:38 PM, Jan 26, 2020

UPDATE: Iota Police Chief Damon Daigle has issued the following statement on the threats:

We received reports of several new threatening messages towards Iota High School and Iota Middle School via Snapchat and Instagram. Officers are out following up on the new leads and we will advise the public as soon as we have new information. Iota Police Department is working closely with Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office and Louisiana State Police Intel on this case. We ask anyone with information please contact Iota Police Department at (337) 779-3345 or email us at information@iota We assure the parents, faculty, and staff we will be working diligently with Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office to provide extra security for the next few day. Please be aware we are doing everything possible to keep your kids as well as my grandkids as safe as possible.


Iota schools will resume class tomorrow after threats last week.

Here's a statement from the Superintendent:

After careful consideration and consultation with the Iota Police Department and the Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office, we will resume classes at Iota Elementary, Iota Middle and Iota High Schools tomorrow, Monday, January 27th, 2020. Extra safety precautions and extra police presence will be provided by both agencies at all Iota area campuses. We appreciate everyone's cooperation and urge anyone with any information regarding wrongdoing to report immediately to the Iota Police Department, the Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office and school system administration.
Any further questions regarding the ongoing criminal investigation associated with cyberthreats at the Iota schools should be directed to the Iota Police Department.
Superintendent of Schools Scott Richard

Iota Mayor Cody Leckelt addressed complaints and rumors on Facebook about the ongoing investigation.

He said that Iota Police are working with other agencies on the investigation "despite what is being said on social media."

Here's the post: