A 12-year-old was arrested after making a phony 911 call. On March 20, Mercury News reported that the young boy told police that he was inside the middle school in New Prague, Minn. and that there was a shooter in the building. This prompted a lockdown at many schools in the area.
"He claimed he needed help because there was a shooter in the building with an AK-47 and that there were a couple of victims," said Scott County Sheriff Kevin Studnicka. Given all of the scary things going on in the country, a call like this could not be taken lightly.
The 12-year-old arrested has not been identified. It is unclear what led police to the boy, but he was arrested once things were checked out and the call was confirmed as a prank. As far as punishment, the kid could end up getting expelled. A couple of months ago a student in the district phoned in a fake bomb threat and that student was expelled according to Mercury News.
There are just over 2,000 students at the middle and high schools and all of them were sent home this morning. The very scary situation had parents flocking to the school but thankfully everyone was safe and this was just a very bad joke. School is set to reopen tomorrow.
The 12-year-old arrested could face charges.
© Effie Orfanides 2013