Bomb threat directed at school traced to teen’s social media post

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MIAMI COUNTY, Ind. (March 2, 2016) – Police in Miami County arrested a teenager accused of using a phone to make a bomb threat directed at Maconaquah School Corporation this week.

Around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, the Miami County Sheriff’s Office received information that someone threatened the school corporation on social media. The threat said the school “is going to be bombed between Wednesday at 10 a.m. and Friday at 10 a.m. I am not saying when or where the bomb is.”

The sheriff’s office notified the school of the threat and began investigating. Officers pinpointed where the message came from and went to a home where a Maconaquah High School student lives. Deputies talked to an adult and a juvenile at the home.

The juvenile admitted she’d made the threat, police said, telling investigators she’d posted the message around 7 p.m. on social media. She claimed she didn’t have any kind of explosive device and said no one else was involved.

As a precaution, bomb-sniffing dogs were deployed to the school, police said.

The girl was taken to a juvenile detention facility.

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