Arrests made in school bomb threats

Published 9:22 pm Monday, June 3, 2013

The Suffolk Fire Marshal’s Office has arrested six juveniles in connection with a series of bomb threats written on bathroom walls at local middle and high schools.

The juveniles are charged in a series of threats at Lakeland High School, King’s Fork Middle School and John F. Kennedy Middle School.

An adult student, 20-year-old Abdul Dshawn Dixon, was previously charged in a threat at King’s Fork High School. (See related stories here and here.)

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“The Suffolk Police Department and Suffolk Fire and Rescue take each of these incidents very seriously, as resources wasted in responding to bomb threats could mean the difference between life and death in responding to other actual emergency situations,” stated a city press release.

After the rash of bomb threats began, school officials set up a number of safeguards to monitor restrooms and common areas, including videocameras trained at the entrances to bathrooms.

The juveniles that are age 15 or over have been charged with threaten to bomb, a Class 5 felony. The students could face commitment by the Department of Juvenile Justice until age 21.

Those under the age of 15 were charged with a Class 1 misdemeanor. Punishment could include detention in Chesapeake Juvenile Services.

If found guilty, the teens could also be held financially responsible for the cost of emergency responses to the incident, which could total several thousand dollars, according to the press release.

Anyone who has information is asked to call Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP. Callers to Crime Line never have to give their names or appear in court, and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.