published Monday, February 7th, 2011

Student arrested in LaFayette High bomb threat

A 17-year-old LaFayette High School student was arrested today in connection with a bomb threat that evacuated the school last week.

Police arrested the teenager, whose name has not yet been released, this morning after he admitted to writing the threat on the wall and leaving a device that looked like a bomb in a boy’s bathroom on Friday, said Billy Mullis, the school’s resource officer.

The student was charged with making terrorist threats, transmitting a false public alarm and using a hoax device, Mullis said.

The threat was discovered on the wall about 10 a.m. Friday and the device was found in the sink. The school was immediately evacuated and two hours later students were dismissed because of the cold and rainy weather.

The student told police he was only playing a prank to get out of school, Mullis said.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

about Joy Lukachick Smith...

Joy Lukachick is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press Since 2009, she's covered breaking news, high-profile trials, stories of lost lives and of regained hope and done investigative work. Raised near the Bayou, Joy’s hometown is along the outskirts of Baton Rouge, La. She has a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Louisiana State University. While at LSU, Joy was a staff writer for the Daily Reveille. When Joy isn't chasing ...

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