Pickaway News Journal

Thu, Aug 17, 2017

Charge dismissed against one of two suspects in school bomb threat

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CIRCLEVILLE - The charge against one of two juvenile suspects in Monday's bomb threat at Circleville High School has been dismissed, according to the Circleville Police Department.

According to a press release, one of the juveniles went to the police station with his father on Wednesday to speak with Detective Tom Royster.

"This juvenile fully admitted that he alone was behind the threat, and that the other male juvenile had nothing to do with any of it," the release states.

Investigators consulted with the juvenile prosecutor, and the charge against the second teen will be dismissed.

The remaining teen, a 17-year-old male, faces a felony charge of inducing panic after a bomb threat was discovered in a boys' bathroom at the school Monday morning. The threat prompted the evacuation of the school for about 45 minutes while members of the Circleville Police Department and Circleville Fire Department worked to search the building and clear the scene.

Kirk McMahon, district superintendent, credited the school's administration and resource officer on Tuesday for keeping students safe during Monday's events.

McMahon said the district takes threats of violence very seriously and will follow the board-adopted Student Code of Conduct to handle discipline related to the incident.

A hearing for the remaining suspect will be set in Pickaway County Juvenile Court.

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