A bomb threat at West Bloomfield High School has prompted the arrest of a 15-year old pupil, who had authored the string of menacing tweets directed at the Michigan public secondary school.
The alarming remarks warning of an imminent explosion at West Bloomfield High School were posted on the Twitter on Tuesday, February 16, at around 8 p.m.
The tweets had been authored by a student writing under the pseudonym @unnoticed666, and had been sent [email protected], the Twitter account belonging to Pat Watson, Bloomfield High School’s principal.
In one of the posts published via the microblogging platform, the person planning the bomb attack complained that despite pleading for support from high school officials, he had been provided with no assistance, and instead had been treated condescendingly and dismissively, like an “inbred”.
In an even more disturbing tweet, the would-be bomber announced that if no solution for his problems was offered to him promptly, an explosive device that he had devised alongside his uncle would be detonated at West Bloomfield High School.
@unnoticed666 also revealed that he had long been plotting to commit a full-scale attack against the academic institution, during which as many people as possible would sustain injuries.
The Twitter user had added that Michigan secondary school had brought out the worst in him, which is why the bomb had been well hidden, so that no one would ever discover it in time, and Satan would take the blame instead.
All these disturbing messages rapidly raised the alarm of professors and fellow students likewise. The threats were brought to the attention of local police at approximately 1 a.m., and immediately afterwards law enforcement began probing into their source.
As the tweets garnered more attention, several students demanded that the academic institution should be closed, while the bomb alert is being investigated, but given that by 5 a.m. the premises was thoroughly searched, with no explosives appearing in sight, it was decided that there was no need to shut down the secondary school after all.
Shortly afterwards, it was announced that West Bloomfield High School would resume classes as before, starting from 7:10 a.m, and that principal Watson would be available in the Atrium to respond to any queries from pupils and staff.
Extra security officers were dispatched in order to guard the building, and further protection was provided by patrol officers from the West Bloomfield Police Department.
Principal Watson went from classroom to classroom accompanied by HR director Arthur Ebert and by West Bloomfield School District superintendent Gerald Hill, reassuring students that the situation was under control, and noticing that although attendance had been greatly reduced, everyone appeared deeply engrossed in the lessons.
After an inquest spanning across 17 hours, the student who had planned the bomb attack was finally arrested by local authorities, and brought into custody.
Preliminary reports, shared by police representatives in a Facebook status update, indicate that the teenager hadn’t actually planted a bomb at the high school after all, and had never devised concrete plans in order to achieve that aim, simply making verbal threats alluding to such an aggression.
Charges will now be brought against the 15-year old West Bloomfield high schooler, whose identity hasn’t been disclosed to the public.
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