15-year-old Wickliffe student arrested for fake bomb threat

15-year-old Wickliffe student arrested for fake bomb threat

WICKLIFFE, OH (WOIO) - An arrest has been made after a generic threat was made towards

around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, prompting schools to be placed under lockdown.

Officers say the threat was phoned in via the non-emergency line.

According to police, the caller indicated, "I'm going to blow up the school," before ending the call.

Since no specific school was mentioned, a lockdown was issued at all schools as a precaution.

K-9 units were called in to assist searching the five school buildings. At 5:50 p.m. authorities cleared all five school buildings: Wickliffe High School, middle school, and elementary school, All Saints School, and Mater Dei Academy. Nothing suspicious was found.

Around 7 p.m., detectives with the Wickliffe Police Department arrested a 15-year-old Wickliffe boy in connection with the bomb threat. The juvenile is being transferred to the Lake County Juvenile Detention Center and charges of inducing panic and telecommunications harassment have been referred to the Lake County Juvenile Court.

Police believe the juvenile acted alone in the prank.

The boy is a student at Wickliffe High School. Police say the school administration will handle the matter, in addition to the criminal proceedings. 

Classes will be held as regularly scheduled at all schools Wednesday.

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