Police investigate threat made by Yukon High School student

Threatening notes cause Hale H.S. evacuation

The unidentified teen was arrested Monday night on weapons-related charges after the discovery of the explosive device sending smoke from a backpack forced an evacuation of Pine View High School.

"After examining the device, bomb squad members indicated that if it had detonated; the device had the potential to cause significant injury or death", The St. George Police Department wrote in a statement.

Detectives with the Prince George's County Police Homeland Security Division have identified and located the suspect who made the threat.

"Our investigators went to work and they assisted in serving a search warrant at his residence here in Hurricane and the results of that search warrant were items related to the flag incident were seized from the home", said Officer Ken Thompson with Hurricane City Police Department.

"The Topsham Police Department is confident he is the sole suspect in this investigation and thanks to a connected person, we were able to close this investigation successfully", the department said in a Facebook post. "I saw cops coming from one side and then another side and grabbed this kid that was literally like five feet from her".

Jones said the suspect is in her seminary class and described him as "super quiet".

"We appreciate those in the community who are reporting these threats", Elgin Police Chief Jeff Swoboda said in a news release.

Alert students spotted the backpack was "smoking" and immediately contacted school administrators and the school resource officer, according to police.

Citing an ongoing investigation, police would not discuss the nature of the student's threat. The school has about 500 students in a town of fewer than 8,000 residents. It said teachers and students were not in danger at any time. The school, with the help of state police and the sheriff's office, has been thoroughly checked out and we know it is safe.

No explosive materials or devices were found on the school's campus during the sweep, according to the statement.

The flag and message appeared the day after a shooting at a Florida high school that killed 17. The 16-year-old was taken into custody by Warren County Juvenile Probation and placed accordingly awaiting a hearing, according to the police report.

Nassau police did not provide further information on Tuesday.

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