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5th bomb threat ends in arrest
Trinity Standard - January 2009
TRINITY – A 17-year-old Trinity High School student was in police custody Tuesday morning charged in connection with a bomb threat made at the school.
Police arrested Rachel Rawls shortly after they arrived at the school in response to the threat. She was held under the state jail felony charge of making a false report/alarm at a school.
Bond on the charge had not been set at press time.
According to Police Chief Steven Jones, police were notified of the threat at about 11:12 a.m. after a bomb threat note was found in a girls’ restroom at the school.
“I met (School) Superintendent Bobby Rice at the school and in just a matter of minutes we were able to determine that it was definitely a false alarm. We also had a suspect in custody within minutes,” he added.
So quick was the investigation and arrest, that students were not evacuated from the building, Jones said.
He added that Rawls has provided a statement to police regarding her involvement in the bomb threat.
“There has been some speculation that others may have been involved in making this threat, but as of now, we have only made one arrest,” the police chief said.
This was the fifth bomb threat made at Trinity High School during the current school year. As was the case Tuesday, all of the previous threats proved to be hoaxes and students have been charged in each incident.
The first occurred on Sept. 8 when a note was found in a high school restroom. Two 17-year-old senior girls, Hope Soliz and Emily Burson, were arrested later that day and charged with making the threat.
On Sept. 29 a second bomb threat note was found in a restroom in the THS vocational agriculture building. Two 16-year-old male students were taken into custody that same day in connection with the threat. Their names were withheld because of their ages.
The third and fourth threats came on Nov. 20 and Nov. 25 in the form of telephone calls placed to the 9-1-1 emergency telephone system. A 16-year-old male student was subsequently charged with making both of those threats. As was the case in the second bomb threat, his name was withheld because of his age.