Violent actions from student prompts shelter-in-place at Ames Middle School

The Ames Middle School was ordered to “shelter-in-place” Monday morning after a student reportedly began bashing out windows from inside the building.

According to Ames Police Commander Jason Tuttle, the incident was reported just after 8:30 a.m. Monday, prompting extra support from the Ames Police Department. “At around 8:41 a.m., we got calls for a student that was being violent at the school,” he said. “[The Student Resource Officer] was in the building and then asked for more backup, as there was a student breaking out windows and damaging other property.”

A shelter-in-place was ordered at the school while that student resource officer, Jen Yetmar, along with backup officers, sought to deescalate the situation, which involved a male middle school student. “A patrol officer responded, and they were able to detain [the student],” Tuttle continued. “They got him into custody pretty quickly once the officers got there. They were able to detain him and put him in handcuffs until they were able to calm things down.”

As the Ames PD case is still active and involves a juvenile, no further information is being released at this time.

Two separate Ames Community School District emails were distributed Monday morning to the parents of children who attend AMS stating that “students were asked to stay in their classroom for a short period of time.” The district confirmed that no students or staff were injured during the incident and that the shelter-in-place was lifted at 10:05 a.m. According to a statement from Ames Middle School Principal Yonas Michael, “individual student discipline is confidential and will be guided by District policy.”

Both e-mails can be read below:

“This morning, September 27, 2021, a “Shelter-in-Place” was initiated at Ames Middle School where students were asked to stay in their classroom for a short period of time. This shelter-in-place was in response to a student-behavior situation. The building was vandalized with multiple window panes broken. Fortunately, no students or staff were injured in this situation with the situation taking place away from the majority of our student population.

“We wanted you to be aware that this event took place at Ames Middle School today.”

Ames Community School District

“Dear AMS families,

“As we communicated earlier this morning, a Shelter-in-Place was initiated at Ames Middle School in response to a student-behavior situation. The situation took place in a relatively isolated section of our building. This shelter-in-place was called to ensure that staff could respond quickly and immediately, which they did. Police were called in response to this situation and there was significant damage to two classrooms where multiple panes of glass were broken, including two exterior windows. Parental contact has been made to students who were directly impacted by this incident. The shelter-in-place was lifted at 10:05 a.m. when building administration and Ames Police assured that it was safe to resume classes as normal. 

I want to personally acknowledge that this incident was serious and as a school building we are taking this situation seriously. As a reminder, individual student discipline is confidential and will be guided by District policy. If your student needs additional support processing this situation, please reach out to your student’s grade-level counselor.”

Yonas Michael, Ames Middle School Principal

(Photo: Ames Community School District)

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