Omaha Police find no threat after report at McMillan middle school

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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- Omaha Police officers on Wednesday morning were investigating a potential threat at McMillan Magnet Middle School.

(Mike Plews / WOWT)

OPD confirmed with 6 News around 10:10 a.m. that no weapon had been found at the school, and that the 9-1-1 call had come from a different location.

"We do not believe there was a viable threat," OPD Officer Michael Pecha said.

That afternoon, Omaha Public Schools was explaining why they waited to notify parents about the situation.

Five marked OPD cruisers and a K-9 officer were called to the school after a report was made that a student may have had a weapon on school grounds.

Parents rushed to the school — frantic — after hearing someone had a gun in the school.

Parent Davianne Summers was one of several parents who said they were informed of the threat via social media. Summers said she was concerned she didn't hear the news from the school.

"I got something on Facebook right now," she said. "That’s why I’m coming to get my son right now: 'possible armed party McMillian Magnet School, 3802 Reddick Ave.' "

Summers wasn't the only parent who got the news through social media Wednesday morning. She even got an update through Facebook before she could get to the door.

"Update call of a mother of a student that says a child saw a student with a gun near the portables before running home," she said.

School officials did send the following letter, posted below in-full, acknowledging that communication about the incident was delayed.

Letter sent to families


Dear McMillan Magnet Middle School Families and Staff:

We wanted to make you aware of a situation. This morning, it was brought to the attention of administration that a student may have had a weapon on campus. We immediately contacted our partners in law enforcement to assist in the investigation. The student was located and following a thorough search, no weapon was found.

We take these situations very seriously. We are working with our District Safety Office, our on-site security team and the Omaha Police Department to ensure the safety of our school environment.

This message is being shared to ensure open communication with our staff and families. We understand that parents may have heard about the situation from other sources. In an effort to maintain the integrity of the investigation, communication to families was delayed. Please be assured that the safety of students and staff is our top priority. We appreciate your continued help in guiding our students in the use of good judgment in their actions for their safety and the safety of others.    

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact McMillan Magnet Middle School at (531) 299-2440.  

Thank you for your continued support McMillan Magnet Middle School and Omaha Public Schools. 

Sincerely,

Monica Green
Principal


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