Creighton

CREIGHTON, Neb. — A suspect has confessed in Wednesday’s bomb threat that forced evacuation of Creighton school students.

The Creighton Police Department didn’t release the name of the suspect. The investigation remains ongoing, according to the department.

Creighton Police Chief Mark Duncan couldn’t be reached for comment Thursday. However, he told My Knox County News, a media organization, that a suspect has been questioned in connection with the Creighton school bomb threat.

Duncan said the Creighton Police Department interviewed a suspect in Yankton around 12:15 a.m. Thursday.

“During the interview, the suspect confessed to being the person that called in the bomb threat at the Creighton Public School on Aug. 21, 2019,” he told My Knox County News.

Duncan said the suspect is not in custody and the suspect’s name will not be released at this time, according to the news outlet.

“Other investigations are currently being conducted at this time in relation to this case,” the police chief said. “The suspect is currently cooperating with law enforcement. Any person involved in this case, and others, will be charged with crimes accordingly.”

Following Wednesday’s evacuation, the Creighton Community Schools issued a notice that all students had been evacuated and reunited with their families. In addition, students were told they would receive notification when they could retrieve their cars from the school parking lot.

Creighton Superintendent Robby Thompson told the Press & Dakotan on Thursday that his district was not “making any responses” at this point.

On Wednesday, authorities said the Creighton school was evacuated because of an unspecified reason. On Thursday, the Creighton Police Department issued a press release confirming the incident involved a bomb threat.

At approximately 1:20 p.m. Wednesday, the Creighton Police Department was notified by the administration of Creighton Public School in reference to a bomb threat.

The threat was fairly generic but warranted action, the police department said.

The Creighton Public School initiated the evacuation process. This included all staff and students being relocated to a nearby church, which was used as a reunification site for students and parents. All staff and students were clear of the school building in minutes.

The school building was cleared by law enforcement personnel with the assistance of the three janitorial personnel, as well as, Nebraska State Patrol K9.

St Ludger’s School, a Catholic elementary school in Creighton, was also notified of the potential threat. The call was received at the public school, but a specific school wasn’t stated. As a safety precaution, St Ludger’s evacuated its staff and students to the Creighton Fire Department.

St Ludger’s School was also cleared of the bomb threat by law enforcement personnel and Nebraska State Patrol K9.

Creighton Fire Department assisted in blocking the road to keep traffic away from the area. The fire department also worked at the Faith, Hope and Love Church with unification of the students and their parents.

The Creighton bomb threat impacted another Knox County school system. The Bloomfield district took precautions because of the situation.

Bloomfield Superintendent Shane Alexander said his district went into a lockout. No one was allowed in or out of the elementary and secondary schools, and business was conducted as usual inside the buildings.

“Bloomfield went into a lockout (Wednesday) as a precaution when we received information about Creighton’s evacuation,” he said. “With the uncertainty of the situation in the Creighton Community Schools, we simply locked the doors as a safety measure.”

The Bloomfield schools followed its standard procedure, Alexander said.

“When we received information that Creighton Community Schools was evacuated for a bomb threat at their school, we gave an all-clear and dismissed as usual,” he said. “We follow the ‘I Love You Guys’ protocols as recommended by the Nebraska Department of Education.”

The “I Love U Guys” Foundation was started in 2006 by Ellen and John-Michael Keyes following a school shooting that took the life of their daughter, Emily.

The foundation is committed to school and community safety and family reunification following a crisis, according to its website. Its programs have been implemented by more than 25,000 schools, agencies and organizations across the United States and Canada.

Those agencies taking part in Wednesday’s response at Creighton were the Knox County Sheriff, Deputies, and Communications; Boyd County Sheriff and Deputy; Dixon County Sheriff and Deputies; Niobrara Police Department; Verdigre Police Department; Nebraska State Patrol; and Creighton Fire Department.

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For more information on the Creighton school district, visit its Facebook site or online at www.creightonpublicschools.org.

For more information on the Bloomfield school district, visits its Facebook site or online at www.bloomfieldschools.net.

For more information on the “I Love You Guys” foundation, visit online at http://www.iloveyouguys.org/.

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