Girl, 12, charged, held in school bomb threat|[3/2/06]

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 2, 2006

A 12-year-old girl has been arrested and charged with phoning in a bomb threat that emptied Warren Central Junior High School Wednesday morning.

The girl, a student at the school, made the call at 9:38 a.m., said Vicksburg Police Capt. Mark Culbertson, and was arrested at 1 p.m. She was being held in the Warren County Juvenile Detention Center.

She did not give a reason for making the call, Culbertson said.

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The threat was the third in two days at Warren and Vicksburg junior high schools, which are next door to each other, and the fifth evacuation of a local school in five days. Both junior highs were evacuated Tuesday after bomb threats were called in by a person described only as a male.

In the first in the series of forced evacuations, Friday at Warren Junior, a student was charged with setting a roll of paper towels on fire in a boys’ restroom. Another evacuation at the same school came Monday after administrators said they smelled smoke, and the source turned out to be an electrical problem.

In a separate arrest at Warren Junior Wednesday, a 15-year-old was charged with sale of marijuana.

The boy was arrested at 2:04 p.m. after an investigation, Culbertson said.

He was also being held in the Warren County Juvenile Detention Center.

The students could face a long-term suspension or expulsion, said Superintendent James Price. They will appear before a district discipline committee when they are released from the detention center, Price said, and the committee will hear evidence and make a recommendation to the school board, which will make the final decision on action.