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15-year-old arrested for Thursday bomb threat at Phoebus High School

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Posted at 2:10 PM, Nov 21, 2013
and last updated 2013-11-22 09:38:50-05

Hampton, Va. -Hampton Police have arrested a 15-year-old girl for making a bomb threat at Phoebus High School on Thursday.

Police say at 12:41 p.m., a teacher at the school advised administrators that a potential bomb threat had been written on a mirror in a restroom.

Administrators contacted Hampton Police and the school was immediately placed on lockdown and evacuated while the incident was investigated.

The threat was quickly determined to be a hoax and the school resumed normal operations within an hour.

The 15-year-old girl was arrested after an investigation and has been charged with one count of Threatening to Bomb.

The following notice was sent to parents, according to Diana Gulotta of Hampton City Schools:

“This is William Beverley, principal of Phoebus High School. I am calling to let you know that we had a nondescript bomb threat today. We contacted the Hampton Police Division. During the incident, as a safety precaution, we evacuated the building and conducted a search. Our students and staff safely followed procedures as practiced, and all activities at Phoebus High School have resumed as regularly scheduled. An ongoing investigation is taking place as the code of Virginia makes communicating by any means a threat to bomb a Class 5 felony. The threat to bomb also results in a long-term suspension or expulsion. Parents please speak to your child about making good decisions.”

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