NORTH RIDGEVILLE – A 13-year-old boy is facing criminal charges and expulsion after he admitted to being the prank caller that said a bomb was placed at North Ridgeville Middle School.
According to a police media release, at roughly 7 a.m. this morning a school employee contacted the North Ridgeville Police Department because of a suspicious telephone message the school had received over the weekend.
The caller, who was an apparent juvenile, had warned there was going to be a bomb placed at the school and officials needed to know.
Officers immediately responded to the school. A complete search of the building was completed with the aid of school officials before students were allowed inside the building.
By 7:45 a.m., police say they were able to trace the call and determine the caller was a 13-year-old boy, who was a seventh-grader at the school.
He was interviewed and admitted to being the prank caller.
He will be charged with inducing panic and referred to Lorain County Juvenile Court.
Amy Rutledge, district spokeswoman, said classes at the middle school were not delayed because of the threat.
Parents were informed early this morning of the incident via the district’s Facebook and Twitter accounts as well as an AlertNow call to homes. They were told of the search of the school and why many children had to wait outside before being allowed into the building.
“Nothing suspicious was found and the building was deemed safe,” the Facebook message said. “While this meant that your child stood outside in the cold, it was a decision we had to make to allow the building to be searched and ensure it was safe.”
Rutledge said school officials are cooperating with police and the student faces discipline.
Contact Lisa Roberson at 329-7121 or firstname.lastname@example.org.