CREIGHTON — A suspect has been identified but not named in a bomb threat incident that led to the evacuation of the public and parochial schools here Wednesday.
According to the Creighton Police Department, law enforcement was notified by the administration at the school at about 1:20 p.m. that a reference to a bomb threat had been made.
Although the threat was generic, law enforcement said they felt it warranted action, and the evacuation process was initiated by Creighton Public Schools.
All staff and students were sent to Faith, Hope and Love Church, where students were able to be picked up by their parents. Creighton law enforcement indicated that the evacuation process took only minutes.
An all-clear was issued after law enforcement personnel, with the assistance of the janitorial staff and the Nebraska State Patrol K-9 unit, made a complete sweep of the building.
St. Ludger’s Catholic School, also located in Creighton, was notified of the potential threat, as well. Due to the fact that the call was received at the public school but a specific school wasn’t stated, St. Ludger’s evacuated its staff and students, as well. St. Ludger’s students and staff went to the Creighton Fire Department.
St. Ludger’s also was cleared by law enforcement personnel and the Nebraska State Patrol K-9 unit.
The Creighton Fire Department assisted in blocking road and unification of the students and their parents.
While the investigation is ongoing, authorities say a suspect has been identified and charges will be filed. The suspect’s name has not yet been released.
Assisting with the efforts were the Knox County Sheriff’s Department; Boyd County sheriff and deputy; Dixon County sheriff and deputies; Niobrara and Verdigre police departments; Nebraska State Patrol and the Creighton Fire Department.
Updated 7:28 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 22
An all-clear was issued in Creighton on Wednesday evening after the public schools in the community were evacuated earlier in the day.
Speculation that a bomb threat led to the incident was left unconfirmed by authorities and those close to the situation, but the canine unit from the Nebraska State Patrol was on the scene on Wednesday afternoon.
According to Creighton Community Public School's social media account, students were able to return to the school and retrieve personal belongings and vehicles on Wednesday night, and classes would resume as scheduled on Thursday.
Appreciation also was expressed to the Creighton Fire Department and law enforcement personnel for their immediate response.
Updated 8:06 p.m. - Aug. 21, 2019
Creighton Community Public Schools was evacuated Wednesday afternoon.
Parents were instructed to pick their students up at Faith Hope and Love Fellowship Church.
There is no official confirmation at this time for why an evacuation was conducted, but the investigation is ongoing.
As of about 2:45, all public school students were safe and accounted for, with the Creighton Community Public Schools reporting that necessary precautions were in place.
Students were not being allowed at that time to return to the school and were advised not to retrieve vehicles until appropriate actions had been taken by law enforcement.
Original story was posted Aug. 21 at 3:50 p.m.