By somd.com Staff Writers
CALIFORNIA, Md. (November 18, 2010)A 15-year-old female high school student from Lexington Park was arrested and charged with making a false bomb threat. Police say the teen texted a message to another youth last night indicating there was an explosive device at Great Mills High School which was going to detonate.
A parent of the child who received the text message contacted the sheriff's office Wednesday night around 8:30 p.m. After visiting the home and confirming the threat, police contacted school officials and evacuated the school.
The school was searched with the assistance of specially trained explosive detection K-9's from the St. Mary's County and Charles County Sheriff's Offices. Investigators from the Maryland State Fire Marshall's Office also assisted with the search. No destructive devices were located during the search.
Detectives with the St. Mary's County Bureau of Criminal Investigations responded and assumed the investigation. Detectives determined the origin of the message and arrested the girl for making a False Statement of a Destructive Device and Disturbing School Operations. The girl was released to the custody of their parents pending further action by the State's Attorney's Office and the Department of Juvenile Services.
The girl's name was not released due to her age. However, police did say she is a student of the St. Mary's County Public School System.