Student, 14, charged with making bomb threat at Pasadena high school

November 07, 1998

A 14-year-old freshman at Chesapeake Senior High School was charged yesterday with making a bomb threat after a note was found in a girls' restroom at the school in Pasadena, police said.

The student, whose name was not released because she is a juvenile, was being held at Thomas J. Waxter Children's Center pending a hearing in District Court on Monday, said Officer Carol Frye, Anne Arundel County police spokeswoman.

The maximum punishment for the misdemeanor crime is one year in jail and a $10,000 fine.

Frye said police were called to the school at 8: 20 a.m. after the note, which said a bomb hidden in a locker or the ceiling would go off at 10: 37 a.m., was found in the restroom. Officers searched the school with a bomb-sniffing dog but found nothing.

Frye said that after the 1,750 students were evacuated, the youth bragged about the threat to her classmates, who turned her in to police.

Bomb threats to the county's public schools were a chronic problem during the 1997-1998 school year, when school officials logged 153 threats and 55 arrests. Frye said there have been only a few incidents this year.

Pub Date: 11/07/98

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