Student, 12, charged with making bomb threat against Darnell-Cookman

Bomb threat last Tuesday resulted in evacuation, change in dismissal

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Duval County Public Schools said a 12-year-old student at Darnell-Cookman Medical School of the Arts was arrested on felony and misdemeanor charges after making a false bomb threat last Tuesday that resulted in the evacuation of the school.

The boy is charged with threatening to place a destructive device, which is a second-degree felony, and disturbing lawful assemblies, which is a misdemeanor.

News4Jax is not releasing the boy's name because of his age.

School officials said the investigation was continuing and the student may face expulsion.

According to the police report, the student arrested brought a note about a bomb threat to an administrator at the school and said he found it in a bathroom. The school resource officer said that while interviewing the student, he began to suspect the student had written the note himself.

The student apologized to the principal, the arrest report said.

Because the evacuation took place close to the normal school dismissal time, students were dismissed from a nearby church at 2:55 p.m. as usual. Normal bus routes were not impacted.

Duval County School Police and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office investigated the threat and gave the all-clear just before 5 p.m.

The arrest of the student was announced Monday as school officials announced the all-clear from another bomb threat on Monday. This threat also resulted in an evacuation. Students were provided lunch during the evacuation and have since returned to their classrooms.

News4Jax does not report bomb threats as they are occurring unless a device is found, there is a major traffic impact or an arrest is made.