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15 year old faces charges after bomb threat empties Waltham middle school

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  February 28, 2014 01:26 PM

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A 15-year-old student of Waltham's Kennedy Middle School is facing charges after hundreds of students were evacuated early Friday morning due to a bomb threat, according to Waltham authorities.

The student allegedly gave a note to a teacher around 8:15 a.m. Friday that said there were bombs in the school set to go off, and said that he found the paper in the hallway, according to Waltham Police Det. Sgt. Joe Guigno.

The school was evacuated while State Police and Waltham's fire and police departments swept the school for any signs of bombs, said Waltham Fire Chief Paul Ciccone.

After authorities interviewed the student who turned in the note, he allegedly eventually told them that he had penned the letter.

"The student said there was no bombs or anything in the school, that it was a hoax," Guigno said.

The student, whose name is not being released, faces charges for disturbance of a school assembly and falsely reporting a weapon capable of causing damage. He will be tried in Waltham's juvenile district court, and will also face discipline from the school, Guigno said.

The evacuated students were taken to the nearby Waltham High School for lunch around 11 a.m., and were then slated to be taken back to Kennedy Middle School, which has since been cleared of any threat, authorities said.

The bomb threat also comes after Kennedy Middle School teachers found a student with a "kill list" comprised of three other students in December. Waltham Mayor Jeannette McCarthy did not specify if that student received or is facing any disciplinary action, but did note that school officials would act within school handbook guidelines and state law.

Guigno said the two incidents are not thought to be related.

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