Police: Suspect in school threats at school contacted, cooperative

Police believe they have "resolved the situation" that resulted in three schools locking their buildings Friday due to a threat from a student last spring.

Scottsbluff Police Captain Kevin Spencer told KNEB News police contacted the student, and he admitted that last April while he was angry he said he would do "crazy things" on this day. But Spencer said the boy denied saying he would harm or shoot anyone.

In a press release Friday, Captain Brian Wasson said the boy and his family were cooperative with law enforcement throughout the investigation. No arrests were made in the case and the three schools open today.... Community Christian, Gering, Public Schools and the Valts Alternative Learning School on the WNCC Campus... were contacted to update them with the status of the investigation.

The lockouts occurred today after the Scottsbluff Police Department School Resource Officer received information from staff at the VALTS School Wednesday about the non-specific threats in relation to the end of the world.

This matter was dealt with internally at the school which resulted in the juvenile remaining a part of the program and returning to the school at the beginning of this semester.

Gering Superintendent Don Hague admits attendance at schools in the district, notably the elementary schools, was down Friday. he believes attendance at the high school was relatively normal because semester finals were still being taken.

Hague praised Police for their cooperation and having officers at every school this morning and again later today when students are dismissed. Hague said the district was contacted at eight Friday morning that the student involved with the threats had been contacted and the situation was "resolved".

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