SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. — Several Panhandle schools took precautions Friday after rumors of a shooting threat.
The Scottsbluff Police Department said no arrests were expected in connection with reports that a student had made a shooting threat.
Many parents had indicated via social media networks that they intended to keep their students out of school on Friday. As a precaution, Gering Public Schools, Community Christian School and the Valley Alternative Learning Transitioning School put schools on lockout, which allows entry only by students and staff.
Scottsbluff and Gering Police Departments continued investigating the threat. The male student and his parents were cooperating, Scottsbluff Police Capt. Brian Wasson said.
Wasson said School Resource Officer James Todd had been given information from staff at the Valley Alternative Learning Transitioning School, which is located on the Western Nebraska Community College campus. Though initial information had been that the student said he would “shoot people,” Wasson said, the student had made “nonspecific threats in April in relation to the end of the world.” The student has denied that he intended to harm anyone.
The staff member had informed others with the school. The student remained a part of the program and returned to school at the beginning of the fall semester.