Effingham County Sheriff’s investigators arrested a 16-year-old juvenile Monday in connection with two bomb threats at Effingham County High School.
“Today’s arrest is another example that we will not tolerate bomb threats in our schools,” said Effingham Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie. “We have worked closely with school officials and will continue to do so.”
The juvenile has been charged with two counts of terroristic threats, two counts of transmitting a false public alarm and two counts of disrupting a public school. The juvenile is being held in the Claxton Youth Detention Center.
On Friday, the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office announced it was matching the $500 reward established by the Effingham County School System for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the bomb threats. ECSO Detective David Ehsanipoor said the reward was not a factor in Monday’s arrest, but it still stands for any further arrests.
The suspect arrested Monday was a student at Effingham County High School at the time of the threats but is no longer a student there, Ehsanipoor said.
This is the second arrest in the past week in connection with the rash of bomb threats. There have been seven bomb threats in all.
Anyone with information is asked to call the ECSO at 754-3449 and callers may remain anonymous.