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Copple Family YMCA

Copple Family YMCA, 8700 Yankee Woods Drive is adjacent to Moore Middle School.

MARK SCHWANINGER, Journal Star file photo

Police officers investigated, but found no gun after a group of Moore Middle School students reported being threatened by a classmate with a handgun in an after-school program Wednesday, police say.

The incident took place shortly after 4 p.m. at the Copple Family YMCA attached to the southeast Lincoln school, which is at 8700 Yankee Woods Drive, a police spokeswoman said.

Police and school officials haven't provided specific details on what they believe happened.

"A group of students came down to the main office and reported to administrators that a student in the program had threatened them," Moore Principal Gary Czapla said later in a message to families. "They also said the student showed them a handgun."

Police said the report involved a 12-year-old showing an 11-year-old a stick and what looked like a handgun. However, no gun was found, and as of Thursday, the student hadn't been referred to the Lancaster County Attorney's Office for prosecution, said Officer Angela Sands.

The student who allegedly made the threat left immediately, Czapla said, but was found "and will face appropriate consequences."

That student wasn't in school Thursday, Czapla said in a follow-up message to parents.

"We have an increased staff presence in and around the building, and we continue to work closely with the Lincoln Police Department to resolve the issue," he said.

"We want you to know that we are having a regular day of teaching and learning. It is important that we keep to our normal routine as much as possible for students," Czapla said. "We understand that some students could have some anxiety. We have counselors available to speak with students and help them work through this."

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