12-year-old boy apologizes for New Prague shooting hoax


The case against a 12-year-old boy at the center of the school shooting hoax in New Prague last month was resolved Monday, WCCO reports.

The special-needs boy who was adopted from the Ukraine was in court with his family, and while the case is closed because he is a minor, the family lawyer offered some new information, WCCO reported.

The family says the boy on March 20 found a discarded cell phone at home and used it from a bathroom stall at the middle school to make the false 911 call because he likes police cars.

The student's parents offered a formal public apology for the “inappropriate and thoughtless actions of our son” and asked for the town's forgiveness, the Star Tribune reported. The family’s attorney, Marsh Halberg, described the boy as a “soft-spoken, quiet and polite young man," the newspaper reported.

The boy penned a letter of apology, writing, “I am sorry for scaring you. Can you please forgive me? I promise I will never in my life do this again.”

The boy had claimed to a 911 operator that there had been a shooting at the school, which sent a jolt of fear through the community of 7,300, prompted a massive emergency responder response, drew widespread media attention and closed schools in town for the day.

The boy had remained in custody for several days after the prank call.

Next Up

Ryan Bialke

Slain Red Lake officer identified as husband, father-of-four

Police say he was shot while responding to a report of a suicidal male who possibly had children the house.

Go Fund Me - Adam Richard Johnson

Remains in Mississippi mark 4th discovery of man's dismembered body parts

Officials on Tuesday confirmed the remains found July 4 are those of Adam Johnson.

Facebook - GoGo dog stolen vehicle -  St. Paul Police Department

Missing dog GoGo found dead in owner's stolen vehicle 3 days later

The vehicle was reported stolen with GoGo inside on July 18

Flickr - face masks covid pole - Ivan Radic

The 14 MN counties with 'substantial or high' COVID-19 transmission

The CDC says everyone in these areas should wear a mask in indoor public places.

Pexels - woman grocery shopping mask covi

CDC: Masks recommended in places with 'substantial or high' transmission

This new guidance applies to everyone, regardless of vaccination status.

Screen Shot 2021-07-27 at 1.10.29 PM

WATCH: Vikings Live with Matthew Coller: Welcome to training camp

Vikings Live with Matthew Coller is a new Vikings show that streams Tuesdays.

YouTube - Minnesota DNR - watering tree

Tips for watering trees during severe drought, sprinkler restrictions

How can you keep your valued trees healthy? Just follow these simple steps.

police tape, crime scene

Minnesota saw record number of murders in 2020, BCA says

The BCA released its annual Uniform Crime Report on Tuesday.

Flickr - Red Lake Nation sign - Ken Lund

Red Lake police officer fatally shot on Tuesday

The officer was reportedly shot near Redby.


Child dies, driver critically injured in crash on I-90 in Faribault County

The crash happened at approximately 11:24 p.m. Tuesday.