Two Bomb Threats - 05/26/00
DATE: 05/26/2000, 8 p.m.
JAMES CITY COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT
Two bomb threats were made today at two Williamsburg/James City County public schools. One telephone threat was made directly to Toano Middle School at approximately 1:00 p.m. this afternoon. A second threat was called in to Lafayette High School approximately ten minutes later. The James City County Fire Marshal’s office along with the James City County Fire Department and the James City County Police Department responded to both incidents. The schools were evacuated by school staff. Searches were made at both schools and no explosive devices were found. Students were released from both schools at the normal release time. These incidents were investigated by the James City County Fire Marshal’s office.
Tonight, petitions are being sought against a 14-year old James City County male juvenile by the James City County Fire Marshals Office, the York County Sheriff’s Department, and the Newport News Police Department charging the juvenile with multiple counts involving the making of bomb threats at public schools. Included in the petition are charges related to both the Toano Middle School an Lafayette High School threats that were made today. Newport News and York County authorities are also seeking charges against the juvenile for similar incidents that occurred today in both jurisdictions. James City authorities are filing seven charges that include: Threats to Bomb, Conspiracy to Commit a Felony, and Threats to School Employees.
Newport News is also seeking petitions against a 13-year old Newport News female in the same cases; James City Fire Marshals anticipate filing petitions against this second juvenile as well.
Information related to the Newport News incidents is available from PIO Dierdre Raines with the Newport News Police Department.