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VB student arrested following bomb threat

A 13-year-old boy was arrested Monday after Northridge Middle School in Van Buren received a bomb threat.

Officers with the Van Buren Police Department responded to a bomb threat at the school at about 9:45 a.m. Monday, according to a media release from VBPD Detective Jonathan Wear.

A note written in pencil in a bathroom stall by a student said there was a bomb in the building, Wear said in the release.

Deputy Superintendent Kerry Schneider said the building was evacuated and checked thoroughly by VBSD administration and Van Buren police, and students returned to their classrooms at about 10:45 a.m.

“The nature of that building is that it’s divided into wings, so it can be checked very quickly,” Schneider said.

Schneider added that the threat was not specific. Parents and guardians received alerts about the threat before and after evacuation.

A 13-year-old male student was identified and arrested for posting the threat at about 11:45 a.m, Wear said. The juvenile is accused of communicating a false alarm.

Communicating a false alarm is a serious offense and is a class D felony if the false alarm communicates a present or impending bombing of a public or private educational institution.

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