12-year-old student arrested in bomb threat at middle school


A 12-year-old East Central Middle School student has been taken into custody for making a fake bomb threat at the school last week, officials said.

The student allegedly wrote a note saying a bomb was on campus Oct. 5, resulting in the evacuation of students while authorities searched for the bomb. Another bomb threat was made the same day at St. Martin Middle School.

Jackson County deputies said evidence linking the student to the crime. He has been taken into custody and turned over to the Jackson County Youth Court.

The Jackson County School District is expected to decide Monday if the student will be allowed to return to school or be expelled.

The bomb threat at St. Martin Middle School was the third scare since Sept. 20.

Anyone with information about any of the bomb threats is asked to call 769-3065 or 762-3063. Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers is offering a $500 reward for information leading to a felony arrest. Those with information can also call Crime Stoppers at 1-877-787-5898.

Margaret Baker: 228-896-0538, @Margar45