• Boy, 12, charged with making handwritten bomb threats at school


    AUBURNDALE, Fla. - A 12-year-old boy was arrested on charges of making bomb threats at an Auburndale middle school, police said Friday.

    Auburndale police said there were three separate bomb threats made at Stambaugh Middle School over a three-week period.

    Police said the threats were handwritten on bathroom walls within the school, and made by Hunter Lee Jackson of Auburndale.

    The first threat was discovered on Sept. 20, saying "I'm a high school student and I know where one of you students live. I'm going to bomm this school on the 24th of the month."

    As a result of the threat, police, the sheriff's office bomb canine and school staff searched the school on Sept. 24.

    The students were screened as they arrived at school that morning.

    There were no items or devices deemed dangerous found.

    The second threat was discovered written on a bathroom wall on Oct. 14, saying, "Bom6 wensday 3rd period."

    The third was discovered on a bathroom wall on Oct. 15, saying, "Three people have a bomb."

    Police said the common thread in the three bomb threats is the fact that the same student discovered the threats and reported them to staff members. The school resource officer investigating the threats met with the student, Jackson, and began to question him about his findings.

    The resource officer said he had Jackson write a statement about finding the threats and discovered some of the lettering in his handwriting was the same as that written on the walls.

    Officers said Jackson began confessing to the threats. Jackson told police that he was forced to write the threats by two unidentified students.

    The investigation continued trying to identifying the other students, but there was no evidence to support Jackson was forced to write the threats, police said.

    Authorities said Jackson was charged with three counts of false report of a bomb and one count of disrupting a school function.

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