Camdenton Police Department has identified the persons responsible for the bomb threat to the Camdenton High School on Tuesday, Nov. 27.
According to a press release issued by the Camdenton Police Department, the investigation identified a 16-year-old male juvenile who attends school at Camdenton High School and a second juvenile who lives out of state as being responsible for the bomb threat call. Charges are currently pending against the local juvenile and authorities are working with law enforcement for charges on the second subject.
Students and faculty returned safely back to class the afternoon of Nov. 27 at Camdenton High School after being evacuated following a bomb threat call was made to the Camdenton Police Department.
According the Camdenton Police Department, dispatch received a call at approximately 11:35 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27 indicating there was a bomb at the Camdenton High School to go off at noon.
Unable to confirm the credibility of the call at the time, law enforcement met with school officials and the decision was made to evacuate the building as a precautionary measure placing the safety of the students and staff first, the Camdenton Police Department staff reported. After the briefing, school officials on all the factors following the investigation, the building was cleared and students were allowed to return to the building, the press release stated.
The investigation also confirmed that there was no explosive device. While these teens might have felt this was a prank, they are facing very serious charges, the Camdenton Police reported. Making terrorist threats and making false bomb threats are considered felonies in both Missouri and state where the second juvenile subject resides. Punishment for these crimes will be determined by the juvenile courts that has jurisdiction.
Camdenton Police Department stated in the press release it is very appreciate of the many law enforcement and emergency service agencies that responded to assist. Camdenton Police, Camden County Sheriff's Office and the Missouri Highway Patrol accompanied school officials and staff to assist the bomb dog with the sweep of the building, the Camdenton Police previously reported.
"We are fortunate to live and work in a community where we enjoy a high level of safety but strive to be prepared for potential incidents and hope we never have to use the plan. Camdenton Schools formed a 'safety committee' several years ago which includes school officials, school resource officers and other law enforcement and emergency service agencies. They meet regularly to work on procedures for emergencies and improving safety on campus. The committee has met and reviewed the incident," the Camdenton Police Department stated in the press release. "We always take each situation a learning experience, acknowledging what went well but also identifying ways we can improve our response. Everyone present had a strong commitment to keeping our school campus as safe as possible for everyone involved."