ALPENA, MI – For the second time in less than two weeks, another student is facing possible charges after a written bomb threat was found in a bathroom at Thunder Bay Junior High School in Alpena.
On Wednesday, May 9th, 2018 at approximately 12:30 P.M., another written bomb threat was located in a boy’s bathroom at Thunder Bay Junior High School.
Deputy Erik Smith, the School Liaison Officer, reviewed the schools video camera system and quickly developed a suspect. The identified seventh grade student was interviewed and admitted to writing the bomb threat. This incident was quickly resolved by the quick actions and teamwork between school staff and the Sheriff’s Office.
Although bomb threats are nothing new to schools, the frequency has increased both locally and throughout state. The sheriff’s Office would like to remind students and parents that all threats are taken very seriously and charges of Making a False Report/Threat of Terrorism will be filed with the Alpena County Prosecutor’s Office.
On May 1st a junior student was questioned after a bomb threat was made towards the same school. That bomb threat caused students and staff to be moved to a safe location while the threat was being investigated. The campus was later cleared with the assistance of a Michigan State Police K-9 unit. That same student also admitted to an additional bomb threat which occurred earlier this year.
Making a terrorist threat or false report of terrorism is a felony and is punishable by imprisonment for not more than 20 year or a fine of not more than $20,000.00 or both.