OAN’s Abril Elfi
1:14 PM – Wednesday, October 25, 2023
A 12-year-old was identified as the individual who made seven recent bomb threats to different schools in Montgomery County, Maryland.
Police Chief Marcus Jones of Montgomery County announced that they identified the person who made the bomb threats as a 12-year-old child.
One of the schools, Blair High School, received bomb threats on October 13th, 16th, 17th, 23rd and 24th.
Additionally, Oak View Elementary School and Silver Spring International School similarly received bomb threats on October 15th.
“This reckless and dangerous behavior posed a direct threat to the safety and well-being of our schools and students,” Jones said. “In addition to the fear and chaos these threats caused, it is important to acknowledge the significant financial and operational burden each incident placed on our department. Dispatching officers and K-9 units to investigate these threats, especially when our resources are already stretched thin, diverted our personnel away from other pressing calls for service. This diversion of resources is unacceptable, and it jeopardizes the safety of our community.”
According to Jones, the child admitted responsibility to all threats.
Due to his age, the 12-year-old has not been identified. Children under the age of 13 in Maryland can only be charged with offenses that constitute a “crime of violence.”
“It is disheartening to accept that the individual responsible for disrupting the educational process and instilling fear in our community was well aware of the legal limitations surrounding their age. They understood that they could not be charged under current Maryland statutes,” Jones said.
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