Lincoln high school locks down after teen posts threat on Twitter

August 24, 2018

A Lincoln high school briefly went into lockout mode Wednesday as the FBI and police investigated a tweet threatening to shoot up a school.

Lincoln East High School went into a lockout — which means no one can exit or enter the school — for roughly 12 minutes Wednesday afternoon after an Omaha FBI agent contacted the East High resource officer about a threat posted to Twitter, Lincoln police said.

The tweet said, “IM GONNA SHOOT UP MY SCHOOL.”

Initially, police thought the profile picture attached to the Twitter account was a former East student, sending the school into lockout mode as a precaution.

But police contacted the former student and eliminated that person as a suspect.

Law enforcement traced the Twitter account to a 17-year-old Lincoln boy who is home-schooled. The boy claimed the tweet was a bad joke, police said.

The Lancaster County Attorney’s Office will decide whether to bring charges against the teen.

The Lincoln East principal sent a letter to families Wednesday notifying them of the threat and the school response.

“Safety continues to be a focus for our school community and we appreciate the response by students and staff to our lockout,” she said. “We continue to work with our students and community and remind them that when something they see or hear makes them uncomfortable, it is ‘Safe to Say’ — and report concerns to trusted adults.”

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