Wednesday, December 17, 2003
Skamania County Sheriff's detectives arrested two Stevenson high school students Dec. 10 as a result of an ongoing investigation into a bomb threat received at the high school on Dec. 9.
The students are both under the age of 18 and their names are not being released at this time.
According to detectives at the Skamania County Sheriff's Office, the suspects called the bomb threat in hoping it would result in school being dismissed for the day.
Responders from fire, EMS and law enforcement were on scene on Tuesday for over three hours while the building was searched. After an interior and exterior search of the school, Skamania County Sheriff's officials subsequently released the building to the school declaring it safe for re-entry.
"The obvious dangers associated with responding to this type of call are extremely concerning to the first responders. This is something that we cannot take lightly. The safety of the students and staff in the schools is of utmost importance when responding to and sorting out calls of this nature. We are all relieved that the actions taken by all emergency responders, students and staff resulted in a safe evacuation of the school. Our commitment to the school, students, staff and parents is that we will aggressively investigate these incidents in an effort to determine who is responsible and hold them accountable for their actions," said Sheriff Dave Brown.
Detectives from the Sheriff's Office will complete their investigation and forward reports to the Skamania County Prosecutor for review and a determination of charges.
According to Washington State law, any person who makes a bomb threat to any public or private school can be charged with a Class B felony.
Both juveniles were taken into custody and released to the Skamania County Juvenile Department where they were subsequently transported to the Northern Oregon Corrections facility in The Dalles, Ore.
Anyone having additional information regarding this investigation can contact Detective Brett Robison at (509) 427-8783.