Teen arrested in fake bomb threat at school


Published: Friday, December 6, 2013 at 11:50 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, December 6, 2013 at 11:50 a.m.

A Hawthorne Middle/High School student was arrested Friday morning on a charge of making a false bomb threat Thursday, a call that closed the school for several hours.

Alachua County Sheriff’s spokesman Art Forgey said the 15-year-old was taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center on the charge.

Forgey said investigators were able to trace the call to the teen through a cellphone used to make the threat. The phone belonged to a friend of the suspect.

The school was evacuated after the call came in. Authorities suspected the call was a hoax, and no explosives were found in the school after a search.

Classes resumed later in the morning.

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