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Students just wanted a long weekend

Four students at Ridgetop Junior High School got what they wanted, just not in the way they wanted it. A group of male students — a 13-year-old and three 14-year-olds — planned to plant a bomb threat at the school on May 27, the Friday before the Memorial Day holiday, intending to get school cancelled for the day so they could have a longer weekend, according to Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Deputy Scott Wilson.

As a result of the bomb threat, the school was evacuated while Sheriff’s deputies searched the building. Nothing was found so school resumed. The boys, however, got their wish. Instead of going back to school, they were booked into the Kitsap County Juvenile Detention Facility.

Wilson said the call went to emergency dispatchers at 7:44 a.m. and by that time the school already had been evacuated.

A male student said he was washing his hands at 7:20 a.m. and found a crumpled up piece of paper in the sink of the lower level boy’s restroom, Wilson said. The boy told deputies that he was very careful when he opened the paper and he only held it by the edges.

When deputies asked the student why he was so careful, the student said it was because he didn’t know what the paper was.

The paper stated “There’s a bomb in your school. I’m tired of being bullied,” Wilson said. The note was written in pencil. As it turned out, the bullying comment was not true.

The boy who found the note later admitted that he and his friends planned the bomb threat, thinking school would be cancelled, Wilson said. The plan was elaborate and included the boy planting the note to put tape on his fingers so there

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