PITTSFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A middle school student in Pittsfield was arrested and charged on Wednesday for allegedly reporting a fake bomb threat.
According to Pittsfield Police Chief Michael Wynn, the investigation into the bomb threat started on Monday, April 3rd, around 1:00 p.m., when the department received a report from Pittsfield Public School’s School Bus Operations Center on Merrill Road.
When officers arrived, they were informed that an employee received three calls from an unidentified male, stating “I’m going to blow up 126 today.” Chief Wynn said “126” referred to the school bus the employee was assigned to.
Chief Wynn said the Pittsfield Fire Department assisted with removing Bus 126 from the yard, which was then isolated and secured. A Massachusetts State Police Bomb Technician was called in to investigate the threat.
Around 3:00 p.m. Monday, Chief Wynn said the Bomb Squad inspected and cleared the bus, and determined there was no threat. The bus was then placed back in service and returned to School Bus Operations.
After an investigation into the caller who made the fake bomb threat, a 15-year-old middle school student was arrested by Pittsfield Police on Wednesday, April 5th. Chief Wynn said the juvenile was charged with one count of Threat Concerning the Location of a Dangerous Item, and arraigned in Pittsfield Juvenile Court.