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14 Year Old Charged After Fake Bomb Found At Middle School

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Authorities say they have now charged a 14-year-old student with Thursday's bomb scare at Broad Creek Middle School.

Carteret County deputies say the boy has been charged with perpetrating a hoax. He was released to the custody of his mother.

The device was discovered in the boy's locker at Broad Creek Middle School, after deputies say he bragged about it to fellow students. Those students then told administrators.

The middle school was evacuated, with students first being kept on school property. When a Morehead City Police Department bomb dog "alerted" on the device, they were relocated to Croatan High School.

A Cherry Point bomb squad was brought in and the device was deemed safe and didn't contain any explosive material, according to the Carteret County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies say the teen told them he got the idea for the hoax from the Internet.


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A 14-year-old student told deputies a fake bomb found this morning at his school was a hoax intended for a residential neighborhood, and not the school.

The device was discovered in the boy's locker at Broad Creek Middle School, after deputies say he bragged about it to fellow students. Those students then told administrators.

The middle school was evacuated, with students first being kept on school property. When a Morehead City Police Department bomb dog "alerted" on the device, they were relocated to Croatan High School.

A Cherry Point bomb squad was brought in and the device was deemed safe and didn't contain any explosive material, according to the Carteret County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies say the teen told them he got the idea for the hoax from the Internet. Charges against the 14-year-old boy are pending and he was released to his mother.

The school says it will resume regular classes on Friday.


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Carteret County Sheriff Asa Buck says a student at Broad Creek Middle School put together a device to look like a bomb, and it was found in a student locker.

Buck says the student is in custody and is being interviewed with his parents, but hasn't been charged yet.

Students at the school at first were moved outside, and then after a Morehead City Police Department bomb dog "alerted" on the device, they were relocated to Croatan High School.

Cherry Point's Explosive Ordinance Disposal team and the SBI bomb squad were called to the school.

Buck says the EOD team rendered the device safe, and authorities are now conducting a secondary search of the school to make sure nothing else is inside.

The sheriff says it looked like an explosive device, and says it was apparently a fake bomb. Buck said "this was no class project."

He says they will be working with the district attorney and juvenile authorities to determine exact charges.

Students were safely moved to the high school, and they were dismissed at noon.

The school system says Broad Creek will be in regular session Friday.


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A bomb dog has "alerted" on a suspicious device found this morning at a middle school.

Carteret County Schools says students at Broad Creek Middle School were safely moved outside while authorities investigated.

Deputies say after the police bomb dog alerted on the device, they notified both the Cherry Point Explosive Ordinance Disposal team and the SBI bomb squad.

The military bomb squad arrived at the school a few minutes before noon, and then around 12:15 p.m. a bomb disposal robot entered the school.

Students were bussed to Croatan High School, where were dismissed at noon.

School district spokeswoman Tabbie Nance says the item was found in the front of the school. A student saw it and notified the assistant principal.

The middle school is on Highway 24, between Morehead City and Cedar Point.


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