NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - A Middle School dance was cancelled Friday in North Platte after a 12-year-old boy threatened another student and false rumors. After a search & investigation, police eventually cited the boy with Terroristic Threats.
North Platte Police went to Madison Middle School because they were told a student on school grounds had a gun. As officers arrived, students were leaving the building because school officials cancelled the dance.
Police say the 12-year-old got into a verbal fight and threatened other students. Staff removed the student from the dance. As a precaution they searched his belongings and locker. They also searched the gym. Officials say they didn't find a weapon or contraband. The 12-year-old left the dance.
Police later found the 12-year-old boy off school grounds on West 14th Street. He was cited for terroristic threats, which is a class IV felony.
North Platte Public Schools released this statement:
The North Platte Public School District would like to thank our staff, administration, and the police department for their quick response on Friday night. Due to their professionalism, our students were safely secured, and the issue was resolved promptly. The safety and security of our students, staff, and the families we serve are of utmost importance to us, and we are grateful this incident did not escalate further.