Joshua Morrison/News

Mount Vernon Middle School

MOUNT VERNON — An 11-year-old boy who reported a bomb threat Friday at Mount Vernon Middle School turned out to be the one who wrote it, according to police.

The boy, a student in sixth grade, was taken into custody almost immediately after a threat was discovered in a school bathroom, Mount Vernon Police Capt. Scott McKnight said. The boy allegedly reported the threat at the school office, and it was quickly determined to be the person behind it.

It took just 15 minutes for police and school officials to determine who wrote the threat, according to Mount Vernon City School Superintendent Bill Seder.

McKnight said School Resource Officer Jeremiah Armstrong handled the investigation with school faculty. The investigation did not involve additional police officers, due to the investigation wrapping up so quickly. The school and the boy’s locker was searched by faculty for possible explosives, McKnight said, and nothing was found.



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