Mount Hebron High sophomore arrested in school bomb threat 17-year-old detained after reward offer

March 19, 1998|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

An article in yesterday's Howard County edition of The Sun incorrectly spelled the name of the Howard school system's spokeswoman, Patti Caplan.

The Sun regrets the error.

A Mount Hebron High School sophomore was arrested Tuesday in connection with a bomb threat a week ago that forced the school's evacuation, Howard County police said yesterday.

The 17-year-old is also suspected of making another bomb threat Tuesday morning that forced officials to evacuate the school, police said. But he has not been charged in that incident, said Sgt. Morris Carroll, the department's spokesman.

FOR THE RECORD - CORRECTION

According to police and school officials, the teen-ager was arrested after the high school's principal, Adrian Kaufman, offered a monetary reward for information about the first bomb threat, which occurred about noon last Thursday. .

That threat was made from a school pay phone to the county's emergency center, police said.

The sophomore was charged with making a false bomb threat, a misdemeanor that can result in a $10,000 fine and a year in jail, Carroll said. The names of juveniles are not released.

Patti Kaplan, spokeswoman for the school system, said disciplinary action has been taken, but she was unclear about its extent.

"This is against the law," Kaplan said. "We're not going to tolerate it."

Carroll said someone called in another threat about 8: 30 a.m. Tuesday to the school's office from a pay phone at a Burger King restaurant on U.S. 1.

That call prompted the principal to make the reward offer, Carroll said.

There has been a rash of bomb threats in Anne Arundel County, where schools have been evacuated more than 80 times since August.

School officials say the lost hours for each evacuation have cost them more than $250,000 in personnel and transportation costs.

Pub Date: 3/19/98

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