Student, 13, arrested for school bomb threats

BRISTOL, Conn. (WTNH) — A 13-year-old middle school student faces felony charges in connection with at least one of six bomb threats directed at city schools in the past seven days.

The Chippens Hill Middle School student was charged Wednesday with first-degree falsely reporting an incident and first-degree threatening (both felonies), as well as breach of peace and reckless endangerment.

Additionally, police say they are considering terrorism charges.

“They may think it’s a joke, they may think it’s funny at the time,” Bristol police chief Thomas Grimaldi said at a news conference Wednesday, “but there are some very serious consequences to this.”

The latest bomb threat was discovered after-hours Wednesday at Stafford Elementary School. Police say they are reviewing surveillance videos at the schools and expect to make more arrests in the coming days.

“We have used over 60 police officers to respond to these types of calls,” Grimaldi said. “That is 60 police officers that are not available for true emergencies.”

Meanwhile, some parents say they are hesitant to drop their kids off at school.

“She has a field trip tomorrow and I know she is not in the building, so she is going tomorrow,” Joe Verbitsky said. “From there, I don’t know.”

The mayor is offering a $1,000 reward for any information that leads to a conviction. The city will also seek restitution from the parents which could add up to thousands of dollars.

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