An Elkhorn South High student who wrote that he would shoot up the school faces five counts of making terroristic threats, the latest in a string of school threats that have vexed parents, school staff and police.
On Monday, a Douglas County Sheriff’s Office school resource officer assigned to Elkhorn South High received a tip about a threat made by a 17-year-old student.
The student had written in a classmate’s notebook that a school shooting would happen at Elkhorn South on a certain date using his parent’s gun. The threat was specifically aimed at five other students.
The classmate reported the threat to school officials. Sheriff’s Office deputies searched the boy’s car and home, and he was booked into the Douglas County Youth Center on five counts of terroristic threats.
He appeared before a Douglas County Juvenile Court judge on Tuesday and pleaded not guilty, according to officials.
All potential weapons have been removed from his parents’ home. Elkhorn officials sent a note home to families Monday.
“The Elkhorn Public Schools takes all threats seriously,” it read. “We encourage you to visit with your child about the gravity of these types of events and report all threats to school or law enforcement officials.”
In Council Bluffs, a Lewis Central High student was reported missing after he threatened to bring a weapon to school Monday. Giovanni D. Raymundo, 16, left the school after making the threat and his current location is unknown.
Council Bluffs Police said they do not believe the threat was credible or that the teen had the means to carry out an attack. He faces a charge of threats of terrorism, a felony.
Police ask anyone who sees Raymundo or knows his whereabouts to call 911. He is a white male, 5-foot-6, 206 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.