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Mustang flags fly over Cheney Alumni Field on Sept. 1 at Natrona County High School. A prank bomb threat against the school was reported Wednesday. 

A teenager was arrested Wednesday afternoon near Natrona County High School on suspicion of making terroristic threats, roughly an hour after law enforcement responded to the school because of a bomb threat.

Casper Police Sgt. Joey Wilhelm declined to comment on the arrest and whether it was connected to the bomb threat made to NCHS on Wednesday. He referred a Star-Tribune reporter to Sgt. Scott Jones, who oversees school resource officers. Jones did not respond to a voice message requesting comment.

On Wednesday, the Casper Police Department and the Natrona County Sheriff’s Department responded to the school after a tip was made via the Safe2Tell app at 2:30 p.m. Investigators quickly determined it was a prank and took an individual into custody.

According to police documents, a male juvenile was arrested just after 3:30 p.m. on the 900 block of Elm Street, which is a short distance from the high school. The arrest was made by Officer Scott Schulte, one of the Natrona County School District’s two school resource officers.

The age of the juvenile was not specified, but documents indicate he was born in 2003.

On Wednesday, Lt. Ben Mattila declined to say whether the suspect was a student or not, but he referred to the individual as a male.

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.

Crime and Courts Reporter

Shane Sanderson is a Star-Tribune reporter who primarily covers criminal justice. Sanderson is a proud University of Missouri graduate. Lately, he’s been reading Cormac McCarthy and cooking Italian food. He writes about his own life in his free time.

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