FD schools to review dance guest policies

In the wake of an incident over the weekend, Fort Dodge Senior High is looking at possible changes to the rules regarding who may be allowed at school dances, according to district officials.

On Saturday, Manson Northwest Webster Senior Lucas Fiala, 17, of Knierim, was allegedly stabbed by Max Bly, 17, at the FDSH homecoming dance. Bly has been charged as an adult with willful injury, a Class C felony.

Although Fiala was not a FDSH student, Jennifer Lane, the school district’s director of communications, said that didn’t preclude him from attending the dance. However, Lane said students that don’t attend the school need to go through a process before they’re approved to attend.

“They either have to be in school at another high school, or they can be a Fort Dodge Senior High graduate,” Lane said. “but they have to have graduated within two years.”

To be approved for the dance, Lane said all non-FDSH students need to fill out a form, which is then sent to the adviser of the Dodger Senate, which sponsors all the school’s dances.

“The Dodger Senate adviser calls the guest’s high school to verify the information we were given and to verify the student is in good standing,” she said. “As long as all of that checks out, they are allowed to attend.”

As for Bly, Lane confirmed that a person with the name “Max Bly” is enrolled at FDSH.

He is being held on $10,000 bond, and has his preliminary hearing set for Oct. 17.

Amy Varcoe, a spokeswoman for UnityPoint Health-Des Moines, said Fiala was in serious condition Monday afternoon.