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UPDATE: Boy Arrested for Prank Call Prompting Lockdown

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Mar 20, 2013 at 12:22 pm

NEW PRAGUE, Minn. (AP) - Authorities in Minnesota have arrested a 12-year-old boy in what they say was a prank call that prompted a school lockdown.

The middle school in New Prague, a small town about 45 miles southwest of Minneapolis, was locked down after the 911 call came in about 8 a.m. Wednesday.

Scott County Sheriff Kevin Studnicka says the caller claimed there was a person armed with an AK-47 in a school building, and that a few people had been shot.

New Prague Police Chief Mark Vosejpka says police determined there was no threat within about half an hour, and quickly zeroed in on the 12-year-old. He didn't say what led authorities to the boy.

The school canceled classes for the rest of the day but students are expected to return Thursday.

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