A gaggle of apparent hoaxes across the country spawned by an online “Tik Tok” challenge has led to some tense moments across Nebraska this week,
including Valentine High School. At about 9:45 this morning, the Valentine High School was contacted pertaining to a possible shooting threat at the school. Valentine Police Department had been in contact with the Nebraska State Patrol stating that there were similar reports across the state including Columbus, Omaha South, Hastings, Kearney, Scottsbluff, Grand Island, and multiple states on Wednesday including Colorado, Kansas, Minnesota, Idaho, and Oregon. In an abundance of caution however, Valentine High School and Valentine Police Department treated the incident as a real threat, moving the students to a nearby church while local officers cleared the school room-by-room. No credible threat was found, and parents were allowed to pick up their students from the church after an “all-clear” was announced. Valentine Police Chief Dana Miller stated that the Valentine Elementary,
Zion Schools, and Cherry County Hospital all implemented “no-in-no-out” status at their locations until the all-clear as well. Miller also wanted to reiterate that there was no danger to the students this morning.