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Bellevue West student charged in school threat targeting students at walkout

Bellevue West student charged in school threat targeting students at walkout
Posted at 11:16 AM, Feb 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-24 13:00:35-05

An 18-year-old student was arrested earlier this week on felony charges of making terroristic threats of violence at Bellevue West High School; and possession of a destructive device, Bellevue Police Department reported Friday.

Nicholas J. Scott, 18, of Bellevue was arrested Thursday and booked into the Sarpy County Jail after officers met with him as part of a BPD investigation, according to a BPD press release issued Friday.

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Bellevue Police had been investigating a verbal threat reportedly made Wednesday about shooting students at the high school who participated in a planned student walkout, part of a string of small student protests locally to parallel nationwide student protests against gun violence in schools.

Police said Scott had been taken out of school by a parent before officers were able to speak with him, according to the press release, but that Scott was later contacted and agreed to meet with officers on Thursday. It was at this meeting that he was arrested, the release states.

Officers later conducted a search of Scott's bedroom as part of the investigation, finding "various unassembled materials that are commonly known to be used in the manufacturing of explosive devices," which were seized by Bellevue Police as evidence, the release states.

Scott remains in the custody of the Sarpy County Jail.

"The (Bellevue) Police Department would like to publicly thank those who came forward with the information regarding this case," the release states. "The safety guideline of 'Hear Something, Say Something' played an extremely important role in quickly bringing this incident to a safe resolve."