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Student charged in connection with bomb threat at Catonsville High

A Catonsville High School student has been charged with a threat of arson in connection with a bomb threat called into the school last week, Cpl. John Wachter said in a statement Tuesday.

On Jan. 12, the school was evacuated just before dismissal at 2:15 p.m. after the front office received a bomb threat, Wachter said.

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Police searched the areas around and inside the school and did not find anything suspicious, said school principal Bill Heiser in an audio message sent to students and parents later that afternoon.

The school was determined to be clear and safe at 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 12, Heiser said in the message.

On Jan. 13 a student was identified as the person responsible for making the threats and was charged, Wachter said.

According to a police report, a teacher told the school resource officer that a student took a screen shot of an image from Snapchat, a photo messaging application, that another student had posted.

In the screen shot, the student said he wanted to blow up all of the schools in the Baltimore County school system, the report said.

The police report said that the school resource officer met with both students. During the meeting, the suspect said that he was bored and wanted to get out of school, the report said.

Heiser could not be reached to comment on the student's arrest.

Police are witholding the name of the student because he is a minor.

Baltimore County Public Schools spokesman Mychael Dickerson was unaware that a student had been charged, but said, "Anyone who calls in a bomb threat is disrupting instruction, even if it is close to dismissal time. We will encourage school administrators to work with police to prosecute whoever was responsible."

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