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12-Year-Old Arrested After False 911 Call Causes School Lockdown

5:18 PM, Mar 20, 2013   |    comments
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New Prague, MN (KARE 11)-- A 12-year-old male student was taken into custody by New Prague Police following an investigation. A sheriff says a 911 call about an active shooter at a New Prague school appears to be a hoax. Police believe that this student was making a prank.

Students and staff at the middle school, high school and Central Education Campus buildings in New Prague are all safe.

Scott County Sheriff Kevin Studnicka says a man called 911, asked for help, hung up, then called back and claimed a shooter with an AK47 assault rifle was in a school building. The calls were made at about 7:55 a.m. Studnicka says the caller claimed there were a couple of victims. The call prompted a lockdown.

The sheriff says there was no evidence of a shooter and no one was hurt.

"Children's safety is always our top priority," said New Prague Area Schools Superintendent Larry Kauzlarich in a statement. "This incident truly underscores how critical our Code Red training has been."

Through an attorney, the parents of the boy say that there was no gun involved in the incident and other students should feel safe to go back to school.

The boy will remain in custody until a juvenile detention hearing can be held on Thursday or Friday, his attorney says.

New Prague Police Chief Mark Vosejpka says police determined there was no threat within about half an hour, and quickly zeroed in on the 12-year-old. He didn't say what led authorities to the boy.

The school canceled classes for the rest of the day but students are expected to return Thursday.

New Prague is about 45 miles southwest of Minneapolis. The middle and high schools have a combined enrollment of 2,067.

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