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Student, 15, charged in bomb threats

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A 15-year-old Stafford High School student is facing two felony charges for writing bomb threats in two school bathrooms this week, police said.

Sheriff’s Maj. David Decatur said the boy, who is not being named because he is a juvenile, is charged with two counts of threatening to bomb, a Class 5 felony that carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

If the boy was under 15, according to the state code, the same charge would be a misdemeanor and carry a maximum penalty of 12 months in jail.

According to Decatur, both incidents took place Tuesday, one in a downstairs boys bathroom and one in an upper-level boys bathroom.

Someone wrote in pencil on a stall and on a wall that there was a bomb in the computer lab that would blow up soon.

Decatur said the school was not evacuated, but the Sheriff’s Office, fire and school authorities conducted a search.

A subsequent investigation by school resource officer B.D. Mabry and Detective Barry Surles led to the 15-year-old. Decatur said video surveillance and statements from witnesses aided in the investigation.

Decatur said the boy’s purpose was apparently to get out of school early that day.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404

kepps@freelancestar.com

 

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