Teen accused of bomb threat against schools
A 17-year-old from Eagle was arrested Tuesday in connection with a Monday bomb threat made against Eagle County high schools, according to the Eagle County Sheriff’s Department.
The teenager was released to a parent after his arrest, deputies said.
The threat was received Monday at 10:04 p.m. via a 911 call. The caller stated: “Bomb high school tomorrow,” deputies said.
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department was notified and its bomb squad was placed on alert in the event deputies searching Eagle’s five high schools actually found a bomb, said Shannon Cordingly, spokeswoman for the Eagle County Sheriff’s Department. Eagle County does not have a bomb squad.
No explosives were found.
Cops were able to trace the call, which led them back to the teenager who was booked into the Eagle County Detention Facility for false reporting of explosives, a class six felony, before he was released to a parent, Cordingly said.
The phony call forced the Eagle County Sheriff’s Department to assign deputies to search the schools, which depleted department staff.
“It is a drain on our resources,” Cordingly said. “We are a smaller department, to have to check five schools for the presence of bombs or suspicious activities is hard for us.”
The five high schools are Battle Mountain, Eagle Valley, the New America School, Red Canyon, and Vail Christian.