Bennington High School student arrested on terroristic threat charges

(Douglas County, NE) -- A Bennington juvenile is facing charges, accused of bringing a gun to school and pointing it at other students.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office says on Wednesday, they received information from the Safe2Help tip line that on Tuesday a Bennington High School student brought a handgun to a school parking lot and had pointed it at students. The sheriff's office says they worked with Bennington High School staff to investigate the claim, interviewing several students and conducting searches. Investigators say the handgun was found at the home of the student and confiscated.

DCSO says the student was charged with Terroristic Threats and booked into the Douglas County Youth Center. Investigators say at the time of the arrest, there was no threat to the public and no weapons were located on the student, in his vehicle or at the school.

Because the student is a minor, the DCSO is not releasing the name. The sheriff's office says without the help of the students and school district staff, who notified law enforcement about this threat, the case could not have been closed so quickly.

Anyone who receives information about threats to schools is encouraged to call 911 or report it to or through the Safe2Help app available on Google or Apple App Store. Those with information can remain anonymous.

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