Two Oakcrest High School students have been arrested on charges of making threats against the school this month.
The two 16-year-olds were taken into custody Wednesday afternoon, Hamilton Township police said.
On April 10, a student at Oakcrest discovered a threat in one of the men’s bathrooms and reported it to a teacher. School administration was notified and immediately evacuated the school and contacted local police. Bomb-detection dogs from various municipalities were brought to the school, and it was deemed safe after a four-hour search.
Six days later, another Oakcrest student discovered a threat in a different bathroom and reported it to a teacher. Although students had already been dismissed for the day, there were still many present for extracurricular activities. The school was again evacuated and cleared by assisting K-9 dogs and subsequently locked down for the night.
The next morning, April 17, there was a large police and K-9 presence as students arrived to school in an effort to deter any additional illegal activity and ensure all students and employees were safe, police said.
The students’ actions caused the Police Department to use valuable resources for what amounted to a hoax, police said.
Both students were charged with false public alarm, terroristic threats and conspiracy. They were placed in ankle bracelets and released to their parents pending Family Court.
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