Arrests made in Monday's HCPS Bomb Threats
[March 31, 2011, Bel Air, MD] — Three juveniles involved in placing bomb threat calls to five area Harford County Public Schools – Bel Air Middle School, Bel Air High School, Fallston High School, Southampton Middle School, and Patterson Mill High School on Monday, March 28, 2011 have been arrested and charged for their involvement in what was deemed to be a hoax. A search of all involved schools on Monday determined that there were no suspicious devices planted at any of the facilities.
Utilizing a variety of investigative techniques, members from the Harford County Sheriff's Office, Bel Air Police Department, and the Harford County Public School's Office of Safety and Security were able to determine the identity of the juveniles who placed the calls. They were charged and arrested before noon on Thursday, March 31, 2011 and have been released back to the care and custody of their parents. The juveniles involved in this crime are all female students of Bel Air High School, ages 14-15, who reside in the Bel Air/ Forest Hill areas.
The juveniles have been charged with five counts of disturbing school operations, a misdemeanor and five counts of making a statement/rumor as to a destructive device CR 9-504 (b). This is a felony, which if charged and found guilty as an adult could face penalties of up to $10,000 in fines and 10 years imprisonment.