March 22, 2023

Dawson County Journal

Dawson County, Nebraska

Kearney High School placed in lockdown Thursday

Kearney, Neb. — Kearney High School was placed on lockdown mode Thursday at 11:26 a.m. upon a report that a student was in possession of a firearm. The high school immediately followed established protocol and went into lock down and notified the on-duty Kearney Police Department School Resource Officer who was already present at the school. The officer responded to the last known location of this student and it was found that the student had departed campus prior to being contacted.

Numerous members of the Kearney Police Department responded to the area and located the 17-year-old male student walking near Yanney Park. The student was found to be in possession of a realistic-appearing BB gun pistol.

After police confirmed there was no longer a threat to the school, school leadership was notified and the lockdown was lifted allowing regular school activity to resume.

This remains an active investigation, KPD is working with the Buffalo County Attorney to determine criminal charges.

Kearney Public Schools and the Kearney Police Department commend the individual who reported the situation and are both committed to the safety of all students and staff on every KPS campus.

Source: Nebraska Regional News