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Teen makes fake bomb threat over Facebook


By Judy Reed 

The Kent County Sheriff Department investigated an alleged bomb threat made by a Cedar Springs Middle School student last week on social media and found that it was  not a credible threat.

According to both Superintendent Dr. Laura VanDuyn and the Kent County Sheriff Department, a 13-year-old Cedar Springs Middle School student was talking with friends on Facebook on November 17, and told them he had made two bombs (and supplied photos from the Internet) and that he intended to use them at school on November 18. During the conversation, he also said it was a joke and that he had no intention of blowing up the school.

The Sheriff Department was contacted and spoke with witnesses, then spoke with the student. During the interview, police found there was no bomb and no intent of violence.

Cedar Springs Public Schools were notified of the incident, and there was a law enforcement presence on the middle school campus Wednesday to assure everyone that the threat had been taken seriously.

The case has been forwarded to the prosecutor’s office for review.

“I want to thank our MS school principal, Sue Spahr, and the Kent County Sheriff Department for handling this matter quickly and appropriately,” said Dr. VanDuyn in a letter to parents and staff. “I also thank students, staff, parents and community members for their understanding of how disturbing and unfortunate these matters can be and how they were handled swiftly and properly.

“Additionally, please know how much we all appreciate the watchful eyes and listening ears of everyone in our community. The vigilance to alert law enforcement agencies and school officials whenever there is a potential threat of school violence is imperative to us all.”

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