New Prague school shooting hoaxer, 12, charged with felony

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Police cars lined the street outside New Prague Middle School following yesterday's hoax school shooting report.
The student allegedly responsible for placing a hoax 911 call yesterday morning and reporting that an AK-toting gunman had injured two people and was still on the loose now faces a felony charge.

SEE ALSO: Report of shooting at New Prague Middle School turns out to be unfounded [UPDATES]

According to a report published this afternoon by KSTP, the unnamed male student has been charged with felony terroristic threats "and will remain in detention for now."

More from KSTP:
At a hearing in Scott County juvenile court, a judge asked for more background about the boy before deciding whether he can be returned to his parents. The boy's attorney Marsh Halberg, says they'll be back in court Monday...

Bruce Rivers, a criminal defense attorney not involved in the case, said some previous prank emergency callers have been required to pay restitution for the cost of the massive emergency responses they prompted.
According to Minnesota statute, a felony terroristic threat under the "communicates to terrorize" subdivision carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a $3,000 fine.

Today, the New Prague Middle School was evacuated for the second consecutive day, this time because of a bomb threat. And on Valentine's Day, New Prague High School was evacuated after a note saying there was a bomb in the building was found in a bathroom. The student responsible for the high school threat was expelled, KSTP reports. It's unclear whether his punishment went any further.

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Ann Fitch
Ann Fitch

Good, I hope this little shit-head is crying for his mommy while he sits in the detention center. There needs to be real consequences for children who act this way.

Alex Browne
Alex Browne

Only solution is the death penalty. You can't fix that kind of stupid with jail.

Erica Anderson
Erica Anderson

well I bet that kid isn't laughing anymore at his own 'prank'. Jail is a little much for a 12 year old. Give him some community service and fine his parents.

jonsmy
jonsmy

It is a sad to think how  America has deteriorated in last 40 years or so.  When I was a youngster all you had to worry about is getting into a fight.  Now kids have to worry about getting shot or blown up.  As you can see some of the comments are flippent and try to make a joke on something so serious.  Whose the blame I don't know hopefully some of the parent have got a wake up call and get more involved with their kids and school.

Brian Rappe
Brian Rappe

What jail/prison does a 12 year go to, and does he or his parents pay the 3000.00 fine?

Chris Pederson
Chris Pederson

A felony? I feel like we've gone back to the 18th century, the way we treat children in the justice system.

TheConservativeJerk
TheConservativeJerk topcommenter

We used to have a bomb threat a week in my HS.  After a while we wouldn't even leave the class room.

ziggystardis
ziggystardis

You know, I would love to be on what she's on.  It must be one hell of a trip. 

Timm
Timm

@jonsmy Didn't you use to have bomb drills where you hid under your desk for protection from nuclear bombs? That's pretty scary too but at least you had a desk to protect you.

I don't things have gotten that much worse, just our fears have been internalized.

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