Skip to main content

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

  • Author:
  • Updated:

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

Screen Shot 2022-05-21 at 9.56.21 AM

North High principal Mauri Friestleben returning to finish year

The principal said Friday she had been fired from her role over her support of a student protest.


One dead, two injured in wrong-way crash on Hwy. 169

The crash occurred on Highway 169 early Sunday morning.

minneapolis police

Man fatally shot overnight in north Minneapolis

The shooting was reported around 2:20 a.m.

Screen Shot 2022-05-22 at 8.30.08 AM

Campsites closed at Voyageurs National Park due to 'historic' water levels

All backcountry trails and campsites are closed, as well as many frontcountry sites.

state capitol Minnesota

Lawmakers reach agreement on tax cuts ahead of session's end

Lawmakers announced they had reached a deal on a tax bill Saturday ahead of the looming session deadline.


Victims of daytime drive-by shooting in Robbinsdale identified

The two men died after a hail of bullets struck a vehicle.

Screen Shot 2022-05-22 at 8.14.37 AM

Source of 'loud explosion' in Brooklyn Park a mystery

The noise was investigated by police, but no source could be determined.

covid, vaccine, booster shots

COVID: All Americans over 50 advised to get a second booster

Cases, hospitalizations and deaths are on the rise again as new COVID variants emerge.

J.W. Peck (left) and Eric Galler.

2 Minnesotans inducted into White Castle's Hall of Fame

White Castle — it's what a man in Minneapolis and another in Woodbury, crave.

Screen Shot 2022-05-21 at 5.46.37 PM

Video shows officers ended pursuit before fatal crash in Anoka

The crash occurred when the driver fled police during an attempted traffic stop in Coon Rapids.

Eli Hart

6-year-old Eli Hart identified as boy found dead in car trunk

The kindergartner's father was trying to get full custody of his son.


Boy found dead in trunk of car in Mound was kindergartner

"It is horrifying and difficult to process a tragedy of this magnitude, especially in our close-knit community," the superintendent wrote.