A Letter from MPCSD Superintendent John Henriksen Regarding Perry High School Violence This Morning

Dear Mount Pleasant CSD Families,

As you may be aware, there was an incident of school violence this morning at Perry High School, which is in a community just outside of Des Moines. While all the details are not yet clear, our thoughts are with the students, staff, and families of Perry, at this time.

I have spoken to our local law enforcement officials, including the Mount Pleasant Police Department, our School Resource Officer, and the Henry County Sheriff’s Office. They believe the incident in Perry to be isolated and there is no indication of an active threat to school safety here at Mount Pleasant CSD.

Out of an abundance of caution, I’ve asked the Police Department and the Sheriff’s Office to increase the patrols and presence in and around our schools. The safety and security of our school community remains our top priority.

We know that some students may struggle to process terrible news like this. Our school counselors are ready and available to assist, as needed. We are encouraging students to stop by the office at their school at any time if they need support.

AS A REMINDER – This Friday, January 5, is a regular school day schedule. There is no early release this Friday.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you for your attention to this important update.