by Jon Stimmell

Police arrested a 15-year-old male student Thursday morning who allegedly placed a bomb threat note in the North Country Union High School gym during a health career fair.

This is the second bomb threat incident at North Country this school year. In December, police apprehended another 15-year-old student who allegedly left a note in a mail slot at the high school.

The student involved in yesterday's threat will be charged in juvenile court with making a false public alarm by writing the note, which was found at 11:08 a.m.

NorthCountrywasnot evacuated as school officials and police quickly determined there was no bomb. Police Chief David Winslow credited the school staff for controlling the situation and finding the suspect.

"The school officials are very astute," said Winslow. "They were right on the ball in this situation and did a bang-up job."

"The school was not evacuated because they established early on there was no bomb," said Winslow. "They did a great job."

Winslow said city police take all bomb threats seriously and take appropriate precautions.

"Hopefully, we'll never have a real one," said Winslow, "but we always assume when we get the threat that it is real."

Winslow didn't offer an explanation for the student's motive, but said an attempt to cancel school is voided because Newport schools don't cancel school for bomb threats.

"It's futile," he said. "They won't cancel school anyway."

Copyright 1997

The Caledonian-Record

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