ADAMS TOWNSHIP — A 15-year-old Clinton-Massie High School student was arrested Thursday at the school in connection with a Sept. 16 bomb threat that kicked off a string of copycat threats, according to a press release from the office of Clinton County Sheriff Ralph Fizer Jr.
A charge of inducing panic, a second-degree felony, was filed by the Clinton County Prosecutor’s Office in Clinton County Juvenile Court, according to CCSO Col. Brian Prickett.
Clinton County Juvenile Court Judge Chad Carey presided over a detention hearing Thursday afternoon and remanded the juvenile to a detention center.
“The arrest comes after several weeks of diligent investigative work by officers assigned to the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division,” the release stated.
“A forensic evaluation of the evidence collected the day of the incident provided additional insight into who was responsible for the threat,” added the media release.
This arrest brings a resolution to all four of the bomb hoaxes made within the Clinton-Massie School District between Sept. 16 and Sept. 22, according to Prickett.
Clinton-Massie Local Schools Superintendent Matt Baker said Friday, “We feel like this closes a chapter from the early part of the school year, and allows us to move on with our continued positive outlook for the remainder of the year.”
The school district has started its own disciplinary process against the boy, said Baker, in addition to the punishment he is receiving in the juvenile justice system.
The four bomb threats were made by four different students — two of whom are high school students and two of whom are elementary pupils, according to Baker.