Two Juveniles Charged with Bomb Threats

(Bel Air, Md. – February 17, 2006) — Two 9th grade students at Joppatowne High School have been charged by the Harford County Sheriff’s Office with making false reports of a destructive device at the school, as well as other related offenses. The incidents occurred during the week of January 24 through 27, 2006.

The two 16 year-old youths who reside in the 900 block of Joppa Farm Road, were charged with making a false report, telephone misuse and four bomb threats targeting the school. The arrests culminated a three-week investigation.

One youth was released to the custody of his parents. The other suspect was incarcerated by the Department of Juvenile Services at the Hickey School in Baltimore County. Both suspects will appear in court next month to face the charges.

Classes and after school activities at Joppatowne High School were temporarily disrupted as a result of the bomb threats.

Commenting on the apprehension of the juveniles for the series of false calls and telephone misuse, Harford County Sheriff R. Thomas Golding stated, “These cases were closed as a result of excellent cooperation with the school system and information obtained from several students. Initiating false reports of bombs or destructive devices is a serious offense and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

Press Release

February 17, 2006