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UPDATE: Douglas County Sheriff's Office identifies youth suspect in Elkhorn school shooting threat

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Posted at 10:59 AM, Oct 27, 2022

UPDATE 6:09 p.m.

Douglas County Chief Deputy Wayne Hudson said in an emailed statement that the sheriff's office received information that a possible school shooting was threatened at Elkhorn Ridge Middle School. The threat was allegedly shared on TikTok. A suspect, who is a minor, has been identified and booked into Douglas County Youth Center on a Terroristic Threats charge.

The statement from Hudson reads, in part:

"Through an extensive investigation, and collaboration with the Elkhorn School District administration, the individual who posted the threat was identified. The suspect has been booked into the Douglas County Youth Center on a Terroristic Threats charge. The suspect is a minor so the DCSO will not be releasing the suspect’s name.

The DCSO appreciates the help of the parents, students, and staff of the Elkhorn School District who notified law enforcement about this threat. Without your assistance the case could not have been closed this quickly.

Anyone who receives information about threats to schools is encouraged to call 911 or report it to Safe2HelpNE.org or through the Safe2Help app available on Google or Apple App Store. Those with information can remain anonymous."

ORIGINAL EMAIL ALERT FROM DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE:

"On Thursday, October 27, 2022, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) received information that an anonymous person threatened a school shooting at Elkhorn Ridge Middle School. The DCSO is actively investigating this matter to identify the person(s) responsible for making this threat. The Elkhorn School District administration is working closely with the DCSO on this matter.

Out of an abundance of caution, there will be an increased law enforcement presence in and around our schools. The DCSO takes the safety and security of our schools and our community very seriously. Individuals that are caught making these terrorist threats will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."

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