UPDATE: Teens will face charges in Mason bus incident

Posted by Trina Kinstler - email


UPDATE: Three juveniles accused of unplugging Mason school buses last week, causing the district to cancel classes, will face criminal charges.

Warren County prosecutor Rachel Hutzel says the juveniles will face charges of disrupting public service and criminal trespassing.

"If they thought this was a joke it wasn't funny," said Hutzel. "These illegal acts disrupted the lives of every parent and child in Mason."

The names of the juveniles have not been released due to their ages.

UPDATE:  Three juvenile Mason High School students have been identfied as the suspects responsible for "unplugging" 58 people and causing district officials to cancel classes on Jan. 16.

The juveniles will receive school discipline, and be referred to local law enforcement.

Their names were not released due to their age.


Vandalism to the Mason City Schools' bus garage has forced the district to cancel school on Friday.

"Today was a frustrating morning, and we truly apologize for the inconvenience," said Mason City Schools' Public Information Officer, Tracey Carson.

Carson says at 5:45 am, the district's Transportation Department realized that someone unplugged more than 30 buses. In total, 59 of the district's 129 buses were unplugged. Buses have diesel engines that require electric block heaters to allow the buses to start on cold mornings.

In consultation with the Transportation Department, Superintendent Dr. Kevin Bright made the decision to close school.

Carson says the district is currently reviewing camera footage of the bus garage, and investigating tips in cooperation with the Mason Police Department.