Teen arrested over bomb threat at Sonoma school

SONOMA, Calif.

Five other students were cited for their alleged involvement, Sgt. Dave Thompson said.

Thompson said that during lunchtime, the students cordoned off a small area of the campus with "caution" tape, placed a garbage can in the middle of the space and left handwritten signs stating "There is a bomb" around the garbage can.

School officials evacuated classrooms near the garbage can and placed the school on lockdown around 12:50 p.m., Thompson said.

The sheriff's bomb squad used a remote-controlled robot to determine that there was not an explosive in the trashcan, Thompson said.

Students were dismissed from school at 1:55 p.m., the usual time, and exited the campus along a secure route, Thompson said.

School Resource Officer Matt Regan investigated the incident and identified the six students who were involved, Thompson said.

The students admitted the hoax and the 17-year-old boy was booked into juvenile hall for making a false report of a bomb threat and making a criminal threat, Thompson said.

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