One teen charged, another released in Fremont weapon scare

FREMONT, Neb. (WOWT) -- A 14-year-old boy has been charged with Terroristic Threats for an incident that forced the lockdown of Fremont High School Thursday. Police say the handgun that prompted the scare was a BB gun.

The charge is a Class 3A Felony. The teen was taken to the Northeast Nebraska Juvenile Detention Center in Madison. A second 14-year-old boy who was initially taken into custody with him was released after the two boys were questioned.

Fremont Police were notified around 4 p.m. of reports of an armed student. The school went into lockdown but the student in question was not immediately located.

Authorities searched the building. Police teamed with Nebraska State Patrol Troopers as well as Dodge and Saunders County Sheriff's deputies.

At 6:01 p.m., two juveniles were taken into custody approximately two blocks from the school.

No shots were fired. There were no injuries.

While the threat is over, some parents are raising questions about the response to the incident.

The school was under lockdown for hours and parents of the students inside at the time aren’t happy with the way the school district handled communication.

One father said he heard from the school two hours after his daughter had sent him an alarming text.

Brad Prall said, “Obviously the, uh, the situation may be part of that but there are a lot of parents out here that would like to know what happened a lot sooner."

The local YMCA, the adjacent elementary school, and Midland University were also under lockdown during the search.

The school was hosting its first swim meet of the year at the Y at the time of the lockdown.

The investigation of the incident continues.