Police investigate gun threat at Marrs Middle School

Photo: WOWT 6 News

(Omaha, NE) -- Omaha Police launched an investigation Wednesday after there were rumors about a gun being brought to a south Omaha middle school.

The Omaha Police Department says the threats at Marrs Middle School are not credible. There was an additional patrol unit stationed outside the school, located at 19th and U streets, after officers were made aware of the potential issue. Investigators have not said how they became aware of the threat, but a lieutenant with Omaha Police tells WOWT 6 News that he’s glad it did because they take a threat of violence seriously and they can begin to offer answers to the public.

The lieutenant says they have not been able to pinpoint a direct source of the threat following students interviews. Police are still investigating.

Below is the letter shared with the families and staff.

Good Afternoon Marrs Middle School Staff and Families:
We wanted to let you know about a situation that occurred. This morning, a parent reported to the Marrs administration that their student may have overheard a nonspecific threat made last week. We immediately partnered with our local law enforcement to investigate. You may have noticed the officer’s patrol car at school this morning during arrival. After investigation, our staff and law enforcement were unable to substantiate the claims.
We take these threats very seriously. We are working with our District Safety Office, our on-site security team and the Omaha Police Department to ensure the safety of our school environment.
This message is being shared to ensure open communication with our families. Please be assured that the safety of students and staff is our top priority. We commend the individuals who brought the situation to school administration. We appreciate your continued help in guiding our students in the use of good judgment in their actions for their safety and the safety of others.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Marrs Administration at (531) 299-2420. Thank you for your continued support of Marrs Middle School and Omaha Public Schools.
-Principal Angelique Barone

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