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Juvenile who Threatened North Branch Schools Pleads Guilty

The juvenile who threatened North Branch High School in late February has plead guilty to charges.

17-year-old Alex Nieman plead guilty on March 7th on the charge of making terroristic threats against the school which took place back on February 24th.

According to the report, at 6:40 PM on Saturday, February 24th North Branch Police investigated a report that Nieman had threatened the school. When officers investigated the complaint, they were informed Nieman had said that, “North Branch will be the next Columbine."

Nieman reportedly told a group of individuals that his nickname was the "School Shooter" and that he'd traded his car for a firearm. It turned out Nieman did have a .22 caliber gun but it was not functional. He was arrested with no contest that night.

The juvenile is a former student of the school who was attending Pathways at the time of the incident, a program with ties to the Chisago County School District and St. Croix River Education District.

Nieman is still being held in custody and will undergo an evaluation before his sentencing on April 6th.

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