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

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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.

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