KENNETT SQUARE—A juvenile has been arrested and faces criminal charges for making two separate bomb threats at Kennett High School earlier this year.
A male juvenile from Toughkenamon was arrested and charged with terroristic threats, institutional vandalism and disorderly conduct following bomb threats made at Kennett Highi School on April 12 and again on May 23.
School faculty members found threats carved into the restroom stalls at the school. The charges were filed with Chester County Juvenile Court.
The arrest came after police, with cooperation of the Chester County Sheriff’s Office, SEPTA Transit Police, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and the Chester County K-9 team, made checks of all students as they entered Kennett High School in May. They quickly developed a suspect, a juvenile male, who acknowledged making two bomb threats.
Kennett Square Police Chief William Holdsworth described the effort as “good work all-around.”
The first bomb threat was made on April 12 when High School Resource Officer Jeremiah Boyer was made aware of a bomb threat which had been discovered. The threat was discovered in the boy's bathroom located in the main part of the high school. The criminal investigations division responded and evaluated the threat. Subsequently, the high school was evacuated to protect the safety of students and staff. K-9 officers and dogs were requested to ensure the safety of the facility. The Chester County Sheriff's Office responded with three K-9 teams along with the assistance of K-9 teams from Upper Moreland Township Police, Lower Merion Township Police and Septa Transit Police agencies. All six K-9 teams responded and ensured the school and its grounds were free from explosives.
On May 23, 2019, Kennett High School officials were made aware of another discovered threat and again notified School Resource Officer Jeremiah Boyer. Detectives again responded and evaluated the threat. The Chester County Sheriff's Office responded with five K-9 teams and were assisted by K-9 teams from Septa Transit Police and Montgomery County Sheriff Office. The multiple agencies again responded and conducted a sweep of the school after students and staff had been dismissed. The facility and grounds were again determined to be free from explosives. The bomb threat forced cancellation of all school activities.
Police usually pursue criminal charges in school bomb threat cases. Five years ago, criminal charges were filed against a seventh-grade Kennett Middle School female student who made two separate bomb threats at the school.