12-year-old charged for false report of Sioux City school shooting

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) – A 12-year-old was charged for falsely reporting school shooting

Dispatchers received a call Tuesday around 11:50 a.m. saying there was a shooting at West High School, according to a release from the Sioux City Police Department. Upon arrival, officers found everything was okay and there was no shooting. 

They then realized the call came from near North Middle School. They responded there but also found everything was okay with no shooting had happened. 

Police said that the call appears to have been false or fictitious. 

After investigating the call, they alleged that a 12-year-old boy called 911 about the false shooting. The juvenile was charged with filing a false police report, a serious misdemeanor.

The police are continuing to investigate whether and other juveniles were involved in the prank.

The Sioux City Community School District:

The Sioux City Police Department and the Sioux City Community School District worked closely this morning to ensure the safety of students following a 911 call about an alleged shooting at West High School. The Sioux City Police Department very quickly determined this was a prank call and declared the West High premises safe. The investigation is ongoing to the origination of the call. The police department will release further details when available. 

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