District’s 5th Bomb Threat Ends With Arrest
By Sara Marls
A student at P.J. Jacobs Junior High has been arrested after making a bomb threat at the school.
The threat was written on the wall of the girl’s bathroom at the school. After questioning, school officials determined the student who reported the threat was also responsible for it. The student admitted making the threat and was then arrested. No further information about the student was immediately available.
Parents of students at P.J.’s were notified of the threat, which district leaders say they consider to be “resolved” with the arrest.
Tuesday’s threat is the fifth in two months made at area schools. Last Monday another threat was made at SPASH, the second at that school in two weeks.
In early October two written bomb threats were found in a P.J. Jacobs Junior High boys’ bathroom about a week apart. On Nov. 3 another threat was found in a bathroom at Ben Franklin Junior High. That threat indicated a bomb would be delivered to the school sometime during Thanksgiving break. No bombs are other incendiary devices have been found after what Superintendent Attila Weninger last month called “exhaustive” searches in area schools.
Officials from the district say they’re at a loss for motive behind three unrelated bomb threats made at the city’s two public junior high schools, but they can agree on the end result: it’s not funny.
Police Chief Kevin Ruder said after the fourth bomb threat, which occurred in November, his department already had racked up nearly 60 hours of overtime devoted to searches and investigations.