15-year-old charged with bomb threat

Published 11:45 pm Friday, May 22, 2009

A 15-year-old middle school student has been charged with making a bomb threat that led to the evacuation of the Suffolk municipal center Thursday.

Just before 1 p.m., a male made a 911 call to the police department’s Emergency Communications Center. The caller made a statement that indicated the presence of a bomb before hanging up, said Debbie George, spokeswoman for the city.

The fire department and police canine units responded to the municipal center, on Market Street. The dogs, trained in black powder and bomb detection, searched the building. Nothing suspicious was found, George said.

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Investigators from the fire marshal’s office worked with police detectives and members of the emergency communications center staff to trace the call. The call was traced to a cell phone that was in the possession of a student at John F. Kennedy Middle School.

The student’s classroom was locked down, and the student was detained and interviewed. The boy has been charged with one count of threatening to bomb. George wouldn’t say if the boy had given a reason for making the call.