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Teen charged in 'suspicious device' scare at Broad Creek Middle School

By WCTI Staff
Published On: Feb 20 2014 09:30:42 AM CST
Updated On: Feb 21 2014 12:02:44 PM CST
NEWPORT, CARTERET COUNTY -

A 14-year-old student has been charged for bringing a device thought to be a bomb to Broad Creek Middle School, said investigators.

According to the Carteret County Sheriff's Office, the 14-year-old male has been charged with felony perpetrating a hoax. Deputies said it's a "Class H" felony that can have a penalty ranging from community service to up to 20 months in jail, depending on prior convictions.

The teen has been released to the custody of his mother. Due to his age, no other information will be released, investigators said.

Deputies said the teen stored what appeared to be a bomb in a locker at Broad Creek Middle School in Newport, and bragged about it to fellow students. Those students then reported the device to school officials Thursday morning, said investigators.

The 14-year-old admitted to deputies that the device was meant as a hoax that was not intended for the school, according to the Sheriff's Office. Instead, the hoax was intended for a residential subdivision, investigators said.

The teen claimed he got the idea for the hoax from the internet, the Sheriff's Office stated.

Bomb dogs from the Cherry Point Explosive Ordinance Disposal Team searched the school, and did not find any other devices, said deputies.

The scare prompted students at Broad Creek Middle School to evacuate to Croatan High School, where they were dismissed at noon Thursday.

No injuries were reported.

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A 14-year-old student has admitted that a "suspicious device" thought to be a bomb at Broad Creek Middle School was actually meant as a hoax, investigators said.

According to the Carteret County Sheriff's Office, charges are pending against the 14-year-old boy, who was taken into custody but later released to his mother.

Deputies said the teen stored what appeared to be a bomb in a locker at Broad Creek Middle School in Newport, and bragged about it to fellow students. Those students then reported the device to school officials, said investigators.

The 14-year-old admitted to deputies that the device was meant as a hoax that was not intended for the school, according to the Sheriff's Office. Instead, the hoax was intended for a residential subdivision, investigators said.

The teen claimed he got the idea for the hoax from the internet, the Sheriff's Office stated. Charges are pending against the juvenile as deputies continue to investigate.

Bomb dogs from the Cherry Point Explosive Ordinance Disposal Team searched the school, and did not find any other devices, said deputies.

The scare prompted students at Broad Creek Middle School to evacuate to Croatan High School, where they were dismissed at noon.

No injuries were reported.

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A "suspicious device" found inside Broad Creek Middle School Thursday morning is not a bomb, investigators said.

According to Carteret County Sheriff Asa Buck, the device was discovered inside a locker at the school, located on N.C. 24 in Newport. Anyone looking at the object would think it was a bomb, said Sheriff Buck.

But Cherry Point's Explosive Ordinance Disposal Team sent a robot into the school and determined that the object is not an explosive device. There is no word on what the device actually is.

Deputies are questioning a student, the sheriff said. It's unclear if the device was for "malicious intent." No charges have been filed.

Tabbie Nance, the spokesperson for Cateret County Schools, said a student reported the "suspicious device" to Broad Creek's assistant principal. The Carteret County Sheriff's Office was then called to investigate, Nance said.

Deputies said a bomb dog was "alerted on the device,"  prompting bomb squads from both Cherry Point and the SBI to be called in.

No injuries were reported.

Students were evacuated from Broad Creek Middle School and were taken to Croatan High School, said Nance. Broad Creek students were dismissed at noon from the Croatan High School's gym.

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A bomb robot has been sent inside Broad Creek Middle School to handle a "suspicious device" found Thursday morning.

Cherry Point's Explosive Ordinance Disposal Team is at the school, located on N.C. 24 in Newport. The crew deployed the bomb robot just after noon Thursday. An SBI bomb squad is heading to the scene as well, according to the Carteret County Sheriff's Office.

But there is still no word on what the device actually is.

Tabbie Nance, the spokesperson for Cateret County Schools, said the object was found inside Broad Creek Middle School some time Thursday morning. A student reported the object to the assistant principal. The Carteret County Sheriff's Office was then called to investigate, Nance said.

Deputies said a bomb dog was "alerted on the device,"  prompting the bomb squads to be called in.

Students were evacuated from Broad Creek Middle School and were taken to Croatan High School, said Nance. Broad Creek students were dismissed at noon from the Croatan High School's gym. They are being taken home on their regular school buses or being picked up by parents.

To pick up students, parents must have proper identification and will be asked to wait in their vehicles in a pick up line, said Nance.

No injuries have been reported.  There is no word on exactly where in the school the object was found.