Teen Accused of Making Multiple Bomb Threats Toward Dover School
A teen is accused of making multiple bomb threats towards a Dutchess County School district.
On Wednesday around 8:30 a.m., the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation into a bomb threat against the Dover Union Free School District.
Sheriff’s deputies and New York State Police responded to the Dover High School after the high school received two bomb threats over the phone.
The threats were not specific about which building or school, so every school building in the Dover Union Free School District was evacuated and searched by police.
No suspicious packages or devices were found, police say. School resumed around 11 a.m.
On Thursday, police identified and interviewed the person they allege is responsible.
A 14-year-old male student was taken into custody and charged as a juvenile under the jurisdiction of Family Court.
The bomb threats were determined to be pranks, police say.
Following the bomb scare, the Dover Union Free School District decided to close school on Thursday, according to the school district’s website.
“We will thoroughly investigate all concerns and work with the police departments to ensure everyone's safety. Thank you for your cooperation and support,” the school said on it’s website.
On Thursday, the school district was closed following reports of a planned school shooting. School resumed Friday morning.
“We hope that these senseless acts are over,” Superintendent of Dover Schools Mike Tierney said on the school district’s website. “ In the meantime, please talk with your child about using social media correctly, and the ongoing importance of telling an adult if something doesn’t seem right or normal.”
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