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Man arrested in connection with Bollinger Co. schools lockdown


A man has been arrested in connection with school lockdowns in Bollinger County, Mo. on Friday, December 18.

Freddie Everett Johnson, 46, of Marble Hill, was charged with making a terroristic threat. His bond was set at $100,000 cash only.

The Bollinger County Sheriff's Office reports they received a phone call from the Bollinger County Library at around 1 p.m. on Thursday in regards to a school threat.

According to the probable cause statement, a man who identified himself as Frank Shank called stating he wanted to issue a warning about his nephew's plans to shoot up a school that evening. 

Sheriff Shell said no other information was given by the caller.

The probable cause statement shows when police arrived to the Library they made contact with Shanks and attempted to trace the original caller.

At that time, police also contacted all the schools in the area to advise them of the threat and were on a lockdown for an "outside threat."

The caller was later identified as Freddie Everett Johnson, who told police that he contacted the library but was only asking about a book that a man wrote about a school shooting committed by his nephew.

Sheriff Shell said the threat was considered to be a hoax.

Johnson was arrested on Friday at an area hospital.

The arrest came after Johnson refused to go to the sheriff's office to speak about the incident. 

According to the probable cause statement, sheriff's deputies were not dispatched to Johnson's home because of his known access to multiple weapons, including high capacity magazines and several firearms.

Woodland R-IV District Superintendent Dan Schlief said teachers and students conduct several lockdown drills each year. This was the first time Woodland has had to use a lockdown in a real life scenario.

"It's a sad state of affairs that we have to do these things especially this one being for real but the good part was all of our training really paid off," Schlief said. "Things went very well."

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