A 14-year-old Columbia resident has been charged with calling in a bomb threat to two Howard County schools Tuesday afternoon, which police later found to be a hoax.
The juvenile, who is not a Howard County student, is also facing charges for trespassing at a third school, police said.
According to John White, the school system's communications director, the juvenile called Bonnie Branch Middle School and Elkridge Elementary School around 12:10 p.m., when he made the threats. Shortly after, police arrived at both schools.
"After consulting with police, based on the information received and the credibility of the threat, the decision was made to evacuate Elkridge Elementary School students and staff to nearby Elkridge Landing Middle School," White said via email.
However, students and staff did not evacuate Bonnie Branch Middle School.
Police department spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn said the K9 Unit then searched the schools' premises, finding no threat at either school. White said both schools resumed normal schedules by 2 p.m., with principals communicating with parents throughout the day.
Officers were also called to Mayfield Woods Middle School, Llewellyn said, where the juvenile was taken into custody for trespassing on school grounds. Through investigation, police traced the calls to the juvenile and confirmed the bomb threats to be a hoax.