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Grant Elementary

Grant Elementary School closed at the end of the 2016-17 school year. 

Alan Rogers, Star-Tribune

The Casper Police Department investigated a report of a shooting at the vacant Grant Elementary late Tuesday morning and determined the threat came from a prank phone call made by a small child.

Police were told by the caller that a shooter was on the playground at Grant, the department said in a Facebook post. They responded “rapidly” to the school, per their protocol. Police also headed to Journey Elementary in west Casper because they determined the call came from near the school. Officers arrived at both buildings and “did not find anything occurring on the outside of either school.”

They also searched the area around and inside the buildings and “determined that there had not been a school shooting and that there had not been any threat towards students or faculty.”

It’s unclear how quickly authorities knew it was a prank call, Natrona County School District spokeswoman Tanya Southerland said, though it appears it was relatively quickly. Southerland wasn’t sure the age of the prank caller or whether the child was a Journey student, she said.

The call is still under investigation, police said on Facebook.

Follow education reporter Seth Klamann on Twitter @SethKlamann


Education and Health Reporter

Seth Klamann joined the Star-Tribune in 2016 and covers education and health. A 2015 graduate of the University of Missouri and proud Kansas City native, Seth worked for newspapers in Milwaukee and Omaha before coming to Casper.

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