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April 3, 2013

UPDATED with comment from school: School security comments lead to threat of terrorism charge

CENTERVILLE — Centerville Police say Brian Joseph Davis, 51, of Centerville has been charged with threat of terrorism, a class D felony, following threats he allegedely made about being able to shoot kids in the Centerville School District, due to his claims of lax security at the schools.

According to a press release issued by the Centerville Police Department Wednesday morning, Davis made multiple threats regarding lack of school security at Centerville Schools. The press release alledges Davis commented he could walk into any school in town and start shooting kids. Davis also reportedly stated that his threats may cause the school district's security to change.

Davis was arrested in the 600 block of West Van Buren Street in Centerville on Tuesday. He is being held in the Appanoose County Jail with a $50,000 cash bond.

The press release from the Centerville Police Department says the school administration has been contacted and made aware of the comments.

Centerville Schools superintendent Tony Ryan was contacted by the Daily Iowegian for comment and released the following statement regarding the matter:

"We are thankful that local persons reported their concerns to law enforcement and that criminal justice officials have acted so promptly as they deemed appropriate and have kept us informed. Through local media, all staff are likely now aware of the nature of the allegations and the identity of the person allegedly involved but the District will make sure they are. In recent weeks and prior to this incident, the District has been meeting with local EMS officials to examine and if necessary amend our school safety procedures after the Connecticut school tragedy. Once again, we are appreciative of the local persons reporting their concerns to law enforcement."

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