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Crete schools close early; sheriff’s office refers to ‘potential threat’

Lincoln Journal StarMay 18, 2019

Crete Public Schools ended its school year on Thursday -- a day earlier than scheduled -- after a potential threat was made against several school districts in Saline County.

According to a message posted to school district’s Facebook page after 10 Thursday night: “Due to unforeseen circumstances, all Crete Public Schools will be closed on Friday, May 17th for the summer. No staff report.”

The Saline County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release Friday that they were informed by a “concerned citizen who had received an electronic transmission (that) … could be interpreted as a potential threat to local school districts.”

The sheriff’s office said it investigated with the Nebraska State Patrol and shared their findings with school administrators, but it did not say what those findings were.

Interim Crete Superintendent Bret Schroder said in a statement late Friday morning that after consulting with law enforcement, district administrators decided to end the school year a day early.

“Crete Public School’s top priority is always the safety of our students and staff,” Schroder wrote. “Late yesterday evening, CPS administrators received notification of a safety threat to school districts in Saline County. Due to the location and the mobility of the threat, it was best to cancel school.”

No information about the nature of the threat was available from the school or law enforcement agencies. Schroder said additional information will be made public as it becomes available.

On Monday, Crete Elementary went into lockout mode when a person was seen walking near the school with what appeared to be a scoped hunting rifle. Crete police investigated and discovered it was a BB gun with a scope.

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