Second bomb threat for middle school in a week
School once again was interrupted by a bomb threat at South Tahoe Middle School on Thursday.
This time an adult male voice told administrators that a car in the parking lot had a bomb rigged to a motion detector, police said. The call was placed to the school around 2:26 p.m., 13 minutes later the same threat was phoned into the Tahoe Daily Tribune.
The call came just minutes before the normal end of the school day so students were evacuated out of the back of the building to waiting buses.
South Lake Tahoe Police secured the area as the Douglas County bomb squad searched each car. Teachers waited inside the building. One by one they received the all clear to drive their vehicles.
The routine has become all too familiar this week, not just in South Lake Tahoe, but around the nation as schools have been plagued with a wave of bomb threats.
An eighth-grade student was arrested in connection with Tuesday’s bomb threat at the middle school. Students were forced to evacuate during the last class of the day.
A 17-year-old South Tahoe High School student was arrested Thursday for allegedly lying about possible bombs at the high school. Investigators said the boy went to the school resource officer Tuesday, claiming he knew of two students who were constructing bombs and planning to place them at the high school.
The boy pointed out two male students in the school’s yearbook and said he had seen vials of chemicals and timers for homemade bombs in one of the students’ house. A search warrant of the home revealed no such devices. Detective Scott Willson said the home’s layout was also different from what the student described.
On a second questioning, Willson said the student admitted that he made up the bomb story, and that he did not even know the students he had identified as suspects.
“I asked him if he did it for attention. He said, ‘Yeah, I guess I did.’ ” Willson said.
The 17-year-old was transported to the Placerville Juvenile Hall and booked on suspicion of making a false report of a bomb and making a false report to a police officer. Investigators said they are also looking for a way to possibly recoup the county’s overtime costs garnered during the search of house. The Douglas County bomb squad and the South Lake Tahoe Fire Department were also part of the search.
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