The former North Branch High School student who threatened that the school “would be the next Columbine” has been sentenced to probation.
17-year-old Alex Nieman was sentenced to probation after entering an admission back on March 7th.
As part of Nieman’s 6 month probation, he’ll enter into a residential treatment program, as well as 40 hours of community service, and will have many restrictions.
Nieman was arrested on February 24th when he threatened a shooting at the school.
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.