Originally created 02/04/05

Teen is charged in bomb threats



Richmond County sheriff's deputies charged a 13-year-old boy Thursday in three bomb threats during the past two months at Glenn Hills Middle School.

But that didn't stop the threats.

Sheriff's Investigator Jo Ann Nutter said another threat was called into the school at 12:05 p.m. Thursday.

She said the 13-year-old boy was charged with transmitting a false public alarm, after police received information that the teen might have called in threats.

Board of Education public safety officers confiscated the teen's cellular phone Wednesday, she said.

The teenager, who was not identified because he is a juvenile, was charged in connection with two threats made in December and one threat called in Monday, Investigator Nutter said. He was not charged in connection with the threat received Thursday.

The threats have caused disruptions to the school during the past month, and have prompted schools Superintendent Charles Larke to order caller ID devices to be installed to help determine from where the calls are originating.

Every time a bomb threat is called, the Richmond County Sheriff's Office Bomb Squad, the Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department and Rural/Metro Ambulance Service vehicles must respond to the scene. And pupils must be evacuated from the school, causing disruptions to the school day.

Reach Jeremy Craig at (706) 823-3409 or jeremy.craig@augustachronicle.com.

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