A middle school lockdown happened Wednesday morning in New Prague, Minn. after a 12-year-old boy called 911 claiming that a man with an AK-47 was inside one of the Central Education Campus buildings, ABC News reports March 20.
"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," Scott County Sheriff Kevin Studnicka said.
When dispatchers asked the boy for his cell phone number, he said he had a new phone and didn't know the number. The student's actions soon became an emergency that naturally led to an alarming situation. For whatever reason, it turned out the 12-year-old who made the call did it as a prank.
Police immediately rushed to the scene, parents were directed to a nearby church, and classes were canceled for the rest of Wednesday. Students can expect classes to resume on Thursday.
Incidents such as this are every parent's nightmare. The student who made the call might have found his prank hilarious, but to the other students, parents, teaching staff, and first responders, this is a haunting reminder of the Sandy Hook shooting in Newtown, Conn. last December.