Kennett High School Bomb Threat Incidents, Investigation and Arrest

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On April 12, 2019, Kennett High School officials made School Resource Officer Jeremiah Boyer aware of a bomb threat which had been discovered. The threat was discovered in the boy's bathroom located in the main part of the high school. The criminal investigations division responded and evaluated the threat. Subsequently, the high school was evacuated to protect the safety of students and staff. K-9 officers and dogs were requested to ensure the safety of the facility. The Chester County Sheriff's Office responded with three K-9 teams along with the assistance of K-9 teams from Upper Moreland Twp. Police, Lower Merion Twp. Police and Septa Transit Police agencies.  All six K-9 teams responded and ensured the school and its grounds were free from explosives.

On May 23, 2019, Kennett High School officials were made aware of another discovered threat and again notified School Resource Officer Jeremiah Boyer. Detectives again responded and evaluated the threat. The Chester County Sheriff's Office responded with five K-9 teams and were assisted by K-9 teams from Septa Transit Police and Montgomery County Sheriff Office.  The multiple agencies again responded and conducted a sweep of the school after students and staff had been dismissed. The facility and grounds were again determined to be free from explosives. 

On May 24, 2019, police and school officials conducted checks of all students as they entered school. A suspect had been developed and identified by police and school officials. Police were able to determine that a juvenile male was responsible for both reported threats. The juvenile male has been referred to the appropriate court and criminal charges have been filed. 

There is no additional threat to the Kennett High School, its student body, staff, or facilities.

Date: 
Friday, May 24, 2019
Reference ID: 
KS-19-003486

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