The New Prague school shooting thankfully turned out to be a hoax, it seems. The school was placed on lockdown as soon as the 911 call was received as police investigated. Officers indicate that there seems to have been no such incident, but the school is being thoroughly searched and students remained on lockdown throughout the morning.
Kevin Studnicka, the Scott County Sheriff, says that police are clearing the buildings and students will be released from the schools at about 10:20 a.m. The 911 call about the New Prague Middle School shooting came from a cell phone, but there have not been further details released as of yet. Both the middle school and the CED Building, which has sixth graders, immediately went into “code red” after the call.
Ambulances and a helicopter were sent to the scene, but luckily at this time all students and staff are accounted for and safe. After such tragic school shooting incidents fresh in people's minds, such as the one at Sandy Hook in Newtown, Conn., this story hit awfully close to home for many Minnesota parents.
Luckily in this case there was no incident, though there is someone who will be in one major heap of trouble if police can track down the cell phone that made the call regarding the supposed New Prague Middle School shooting.
Update: One student has been arrested in the New Prague shooting hoax.