Students back to school New Prague


Students were back in class at New Prague public schools Thursday, a day after a false 911 call about a shooting at the middle school prompted a massive frenzy of emergency and police responders and media.

Police took an unidentified 12-year-old boy into custody. The Star Tribune reported it's likely he will remain in custody until a bail or detention hearing Thursday or Friday, his attorney said.

Police and school officials said the boy's call prompted them to put all six school district buildings on a lockdown, with students silenced in locked, dark classrooms. Police conducted a search and found no sign of a threat.

Despite the swift, substantial emergency response, the Pioneer Press reports New Prague Superintendent Larry Kauzlarich said there was "never a time when children were really in danger."

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