Second teen charged in Lacombe school bomb threat
A second Lacombe teen has been charged in connection with a spray-painted bomb threat that led to hundreds of students being evacuated from Ecole James S. McCormick School on Monday.
The 18-year-old man was arrested and is co-operating with police, said Lacombe Police Service Insp. Steve Murray in a news release on Wednesday morning.
Murray says the teen “is believed responsible for some of the messages that were painted on the walls at the school, however police are not alleging that this male is responsible for the specific message that a bomb was in the school.”
He is facing several charges, including mischief to property and breach of release conditions. He has been released from custody on bail and is scheduled to make a court appearance in Red Deer provincial court next month.
Another 18-year-old was arrested on Tuesday in connection with the incident.
That teen, who has also been co-operative, is facing a number of charges, including uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm, conveying false messages, mischief to property and causing police to enter into a false investigation.
He has been released from custody and will be in court next month.
About 500 students and 50 staff were evacuated at the start of the school day after a message that there was a bomb inside the school was discovered scrawled on an outside wall about 8:30 a.m.
Police were called and Wolf Creek Public Schools decided to evacuate staff and students. The school was searched with the aid of an RCMP dog team but nothing was found.
Police have taken the unusual step of not naming the suspects at this time, partly because emotions have been running so high in the community.