NP Police Chief: No active threats against local schools

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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - North Platte's Police Chief says his department is not aware of any active threats to the city's schools. Daniel Hudson says social media may be fueling hysteria and misinformation after a teen was arrested Thursday. A 14-year-old boy was arrested after leaving a threatening note in the bathroom of Adams Middle School.

Hudson says investigators interviewed several people with information that led to the boy. Hudson says the teen admitted to threatening the school so he didn't have to go to school on Monday, November 25th.

Police are sure the threat was not against a specific student because Hudson says the teenager explains exactly what happened. Hudson wants to assure the public they are not withholding any information

He says the Department did not receive any additional threats to the North Platte Public Schools or North Platte Catholic Schools.

Hudson says, "While social media is a great tool to disseminate information, it can also fuel hysteria and spread information that is not true."

"I would like to reiterate that the North Platte Police Department is not aware of any active threats to the North Platte Schools," says Hudson.

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The North Platte Police Department say they arrested a 14-year-old boy who they believe left a note threatening about a potential school shooting on November 25.

Officer Jeremiah Johnson says they have no additional information to lead us to believe there is an existing threat at Adams Middle School.

North Platte Public School Superintendent, Dr. Ron Hanson, says, “We understand the concerns that surround safety and security in our schools and are committed to ensuring these needs are met."

Hanson says, "We are very thankful for the work conducted by the North Platte Police Department, our administration, and staff during this unfortunate event. Additionally, we are appreciative of the support and tips that were shared by our community."
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The North Platte Public School's Administration is letting people use their own discretion as to whether they decide to let their student attend school on Monday, November 25. North Platte Police say someone left a threatening note in a North Platte Middle School bathroom. Officer Jeremiah Johnson says they are investigating the anonymous note at Adams Middle School.

It threatens a school shooting will happen on November 25th. Officer Johnson says North Platte Public Schools is fully cooperating with the department.

Johnson is also advising parents to be more aware of they're kids.

"Generally parents need to be involved with their child," said Johnson. "They need to know what they're posting on social media and they need to know what they're doing inside their rooms."

Police are also assisting the school district with security to ensure student safety.

"Obviously with them being specific on the date, we do have security measures in place just to provide that to students on that day and to provide resources for the students also."

Officer Johnson says anyone with information can submit an anonymous tip through the Safe Schools Hotline by calling 866-286-7233, or visiting www.seeandsend.info.

Anyone can call tips to Lincoln County Crime Stoppers, 534-8400, or leave them online at www.lincolncountycrimestoppers.com. Tips can go directly to the police at 535-6789.

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