12-year-old boy charged with felony in New Prague gun scare, remains in custody


The unidentified boy who investigators said gave the town of New Prague a huge scare on Wednesday by calling in a false report of a middle school shooting has been charged with felony terroristic threats, KSTP reports. The 12-year-old will remain in custody for now, the station reports.

At a Thursday hearing in Scott County juvenile court, a judge requested more background about the boy before he decided whether the student could be returned to his parents, KSTP reported.

The boy's attorney Marsh Halberg said he expectes to be back in court Monday.

The 911 call made Wednesday prompted a huge swarm of emergency responders and law enforcement at the school, drew widespread media coverage and prompted officials to cancel classes at all the district's schools for the rest of the day.

In a statement, the boy's lawyer said his parents wanted everyone to know that there was never a gun.

"I'm not sure my client knows at this point how serious this is," Halberg told KARE 11. "And that's not to minimize him or being light-hearted about it. He's simply 12 years old."

A day after the Wednesday incident, another threat was made Thursday morning.

Superintendent Larry Kauslarich thinks it was a "copycat" and that the threat came from outside the district, KSTP reported.

According to the school district website, a notice of a bomb threat was received Thursday morning in the middle school and CEC building. KSTP reports an email sent around 8 a.m. indicated a bomb would detonate within a half hour.

All students were evacuated to an ice arena while police investigated. A short time later, students were allowed back to class after nothing was found and authorities said it was safe to return.

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