Woodland teen accused of bomb threat at middle school

2010-04-22T22:05:00Z Woodland teen accused of bomb threat at middle schoolBy Leila Summers / The Daily News Longview Daily News
April 22, 2010 10:05 pm  • 

Woodland police arrested a 14-year-old Woodland Middle School student Thursday on suspicion of writing a bomb threat Wednesday afternoon on a boy's bathroom mirror.

The teen, whose identity is being withheld because he's a minor, told police Thursday he never planned to really detonate a bomb.

"He was mad at some other students and hoping they would be blamed for (making the threat)," Woodland Police Chief Rob Stephenson said Thursday.

The boy was booked into the Cowlitz County juvenile center Thursday on suspicion of felony threatening to bomb property, felony harassment, and misdemeanor malicious mischief. Police determined the student's identity through surveillance cameras and asking teachers for help identifying the student's handwriting.

The bathroom message read, "the school is going to blow up, 4-22-10," which is Thursday.

Police on Wednesday said they believed the threat to be a juvenile prank, but as a precaution, two Woodland police officers provided day-long security at the school, Stephenson said. Classes were held as scheduled Thursday.

Authorities notified middle school parents and the news media Wednesday. The Daily News did not report the threat in Thursday paper as a matter of news policy, which is to report bomb threats only when an arrest is made or when a threat is considered serious enough to prompt an evacuation or other major safety precaution. The policy is intended to discourage publicity seekers.

Stephenson said the incident cost his department "hundreds and hundreds of dollars in overtime" because "we have to take these things seriously."

"It's a case of a 14-year-old that just isn't thinking. I guess the moral of the story is... you do stuff like this and you're going to get caught and there's serious ramifications because of it."

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