February 8, 2007

Juvenile in Custody For Bomb Threat to Scotland County R-I High School

Just hours after the Scotland County R-I High School was evacuated by a phoned bomb threat, the Memphis Police Department announced it had a suspect in custody.

Police Chief John Myers reported that suspect was identified shortly after the school was evacuated that evening. A juvenile was taken into custody for questioning and was later apprehended by juvenile authorities in relation to the case.

Scotland County R-I High School Principal Ken Cross stated the district was bound by policy relating to student discipline and could not comment on the arrest beyond confirming that the source of the threat had been identified and was being properly addressed by law enforcement.

“Because the threat involved a student, the district is prohibited by law from providing specific information about the source, or specific actions that will be taken in response to the incident,” Cross said in a public statement. “However, we can tell you that the district always complies with board policy and state and federal law in responding to any type of disciplinary situation.”

Cross noted that such guidelines require schools to suspend students for up to 180 days or to expel students for such actions when specified circumstances such as prior disciplinary history, warrant such punishment. However he added that such decisions are not disclosed to the public.

“We can assure you that the district will continue to take appropriate action to ensure that all students, staff and others present on school property and at school activities, whether on or away from school property, are safe at all times,” Cross stated.

The principal praised the staff, the game spectators, emergency responders and the community as a whole for its handling of the situation.

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