Student arrested for bomb threat

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 12, 2003

Special to the Reporter

A Thompson High School student was arrested March 5 for making a Valentine’s Day bomb threat.

The 17-year-old senior was arrested at the school by the Alabaster Police Department , according to Cindy Warner, spokesperson for Shelby County Schools.

He was arrested last week following a lengthy investigation by police and school officials.

Police were aided in the investigation by information that was given to Officer Tim Storey, who is assigned as a school resource officer at Thompson High School.

The bomb threat, which was called into the school early on the morning of Feb. 14, forced the evacuation of students to nearby Thompson Middle School while police searched the school.

School officials warned then that an investigation would be conducted and the person responsible for making the threat would be prosecuted.

&uot;We regret that this incident ended in the arrest of one of our own students,&uot; said Superintendent Evan Major.

&uot;However, calling in bomb threats is a crime.

We will continue to take strong action against those who call them in.

&uot;We do not look at these calls as pranks, but rather a total disruption in our instructional process.&uot;

Major said at the time of the bomb threat that once found, the culprit would be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law