Middle school student charged in bomb threat

Middle school student charged in bomb threat

SMITHFIELD - Police have charged a 12-year-old male student at the Gallagher Middle School with making a bomb threat that prompted an evacuation of the building March 12.

According to Capt. Michael Rheaume, the student was arrested March 13 after a faculty member recognized the handwriting in a note written on a stall in a second-floor boys' bathroom.

The 600-student building was emptied in minutes around 11 a.m. after a student discovered the note, which according to police read, "Bomb to go off in five seconds."

Nothing was found after a sweep of the building that included bomb-sniffing dogs, and students returned to their classrooms from the nearby high school in the afternoon.

According to Rheaume, the note had been written at least a week before its discovery.

He said the student was charged after appearing at the police station with his parents, and was released in their custody pending an appearance to be scheduled before the Johnston-Smithfield Juvenile Hearing Board.