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Tennessee Teen Arrested on Felony Charges After Telling Student He Placed Bomb in School

Martin Police Department, Facebook

A teenager was arrested on felony charges after saying Tuesday he placed a bomb in Westview High School in Martin, Tennessee.

Martin Police say school resource officer Jason Arant was notified of a false report of a bomb in the school.

An investigation found the 14-year-old male student was overheard telling another student “I placed a bomb in the building.”

The student was located and escorted to the office and questioned about the statement. He admitted tom making the statement in an attempt to make his friend smile because he said his friend was having a bad day. 

Police took the threat seriously and searched the school, involving the K-9 unit.

Martin Police Chief Don Teal says False Reports is a felony offense in Tennessee. He says the student was released to his parents.

Matt Markgraf joined the WKMS team as a student in January 2007. He's served in a variety of roles over the years: as News Director March 2016-September 2019 and previously as the New Media & Promotions Coordinator beginning in 2011. Prior to that, he was a graduate and undergraduate assistant. He is currently the host of the international music show Imported on Sunday nights at 10 p.m.
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