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Second teen arrested for making bomb threats

A second juvenile was arrested March 4 for making a bomb threat at Central Kitsap Junior High School, according to District spokesperson Laurie Cizon.

Neither of the students, one 12 and one 14, have prior records. The 12-year-old was released from the juvenile detention center Monday morning after the 14-year-old made a $5,000 bail over the weekend.

The Central Kitsap Reporter does not identify minors charged in crimes.

Both students have pleaded not guilty and have court-appointed attorneys.

The 12-year-old male CKJH student was taken into custody at about 5 p.m. Friday after an investigation into what was the school’s eighth bomb threat since Feb. 16. According to a probable cause statement from the Kitsap County Prosecutor’s Office, the boy was seen going into the boys’ bathroom in the approximate time that a bomb threat was written on the wall. The students have to sign out of their classrooms, and the class log confirmed that he was in the bathroom when the threat appeared.

The bomb threat mentioned a specific locker number in which the alleged bomb was located which belonged to the juvenile who was arrested.

According to the probable cause statement, the student’s parents were called and were in the room when he was questioned and admitted to investigators, “I did write the bomb threat.” He said that another student said he would befriend the boy if he wrote the bomb threat.

On Thursday, a 14-year-old male CKJH student was arrested for a threat he left that same day.

According to the Kitsap County Prosecutor’s Office, the 14-year-old is suspected of leaving two bomb threats, one on Feb. 28 and again on March 4.

He allegedly was overheard talking about leaving a bomb threat, according to the probable cause statement. The 14-year-old allegedly asked another student if he could keep a secret, and the other student said yes. He told the other student he was going to make a bomb threat that day and that the boy had a brown suitcase outside the building. When the second student asked what the suitcase was for, the boy answered that everybody would know at second lunch.

The 14-year-old denied leaving the bomb threat and denied having a suitcase at school. At the time he was arrested, he had a 12x12-inch green portfolio.

In the state of Washington, bomb threats — even false ones — are a class B felony punishable by a 10-year prison sentence, a $20,000 fine or both.

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