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Massaponax High receives bomb threat on first day of school

UPDATE: The Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office took a 17-year-old Massaponax High School student into custody Tuesday afternoon and plans to charge him with making a bomb threat,  Lt. Troy Skebo said.

Making a bomb threat is a felony punishable by up to 10  years in prison for anyone 15 or older, according to Skebo.

Massaponax was put in lockdown after another student at the school received a text message about a bomb at the school, schools spokeswoman Rene Daniels said earlier.

The school was searched by bomb-sniffing dogs but no bomb was found.

School was dismissed about 20 minutes late but after-school activities were proceeding as planned, Daniels said.

Below is the full text of the release from the Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office.

On August 21, 2012 at approximately 11:25 a.m. the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Massaponax High School located at 8201 Jefferson Davis Hwy for a report of a Bomb Threat.  A student approached the school resource officer after receiving a text message on their cell phone.  The school was placed on immediate lock down.  Following an inspection of the grounds, deputies escorted the students to a safe area on school property so that the building could be searched. Several bomb sniffing dogs responded from Spotsylvania, Stafford, Fauquier and Dulles Airport to assist with searching the school.  No bomb was found and no students were injured. 

A seventeen year old male student who is enrolled at the school has been taken into custody and will be charged with making a bomb threat.  The student was not present at the school.

The Sheriffs Office would like to thank the outside law enforcement agencies and school and division administration for their assistance.  

Anyone with information is asked the call the Sheriff’s Office at (540)582.7115 or: Remember your phone call or Text-A-Tip can make a difference.

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UPDATE: Massaponax High School was dismissed about 20 minutes late today to allow students time to get back into the school to gather belongings, schools spokeswoman Rene Daniels said.

The Sheriff’s Office brought four bomb-sniffing dogs into the school as a result of a bomb threat but no bomb was found and no students were injured, Daniels said.

After-school activities are going forward on schedule.

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UPDATE: Buses may be delayed in getting students home from the following schools as a result of a 20-minute delay in dismissal for Massaponax students, schools spokeswoman Rene Daniels just announced.

Below is a list of schools that could be impacted.

Spotswood Elementary

Smith Station Elementary

Salem Elementary

Riverview Elementary

Parkside Elementary

Lee Hill Elementary

Courthouse Rd. Elementary

Cedar Forest Elementary

Chancellor Elementary

John J. Wright Ed. & Cultural Center

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UPDATE: The Spotsylvania School Division recently sent the following message to parents regarding the bomb threat.

Today, a bomb threat was texted messaged to a student at Massaponax High from an individual not on school grounds. The Sheriff’s Office was contacted and we are following protocols lead by the Sheriff’s Department to ensure the safety of all students and staff.   School Administration in conjunction with the Sheriff’s Office is investigating the threat.  All students are safe. 

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UPDATE: A bomb-sniffing dog is now on scene.

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UPDATE: Massaponax High School went into lockdown as soon as the school resource officer learned of the bomb threat at 11:25 a.m. today.

All students are safe, Lt. Troy Skebo said. They have been moved outside the school to a secure location while the report is investigated.

The Sheriff’s Office is bringing in a bomb-sniffing dog.

Today is the first day of school for Spotsylvania County schools. Superintendent Scott Baker, Assistant Superintendent Carol Flenard, Executive Director of Instruction Stan Jones and spokeswoman Rene Daniels had been visiting schools throughout the district when they learned of the bomb threat.

They have abandoned the tour to address the issue at Massaponax High, Daniels said. She has issued a statement to parents.

Making a bomb threat is a felony punishable by one year in jail and a $2,500 fine if the person reporting it is under age 15. Someone older could face a prison term of up to 10 years.

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 UPDATE: Massaponax High School went into lockdown as soon as the school resource officer learned of the bomb threat at 11:25 a.m. today.

All students are safe, Lt. Troy Skebo said. They have been moved outside the school to a secure location while the report is investigated.

The Sheriff’s Office is bringing in a bomb-sniffing dog.

Today is the first day of school for Spotsylvania County schools.

Making a bomb threat is a felony punishable by one year in jail and a $2,500 fine if the person reporting it is under age 15. The possible punishment is more severe for someone older.

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UPDATE: At 11:25am, the Massaponax High School resource officer notified the county communications center of a bomb threat received at the school, according to Lt. Troy Skebo.

Deputies are currently on scene investigating the threat while the students are in a secure location, Skebo said.

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Massaponax High School in Spotsylvania reportedly went into lockdown on the first day of school after a report of a bomb threat.

The threat was received at 11:25 a.m., Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Lt. Troy Skebo said.

I’ll have more details shortly.

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