Juvenile arrested for school bomb threat


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Springfield police have arrested a 14-year-old for a bomb threat that forced four Springfield District 186 schools to evacuate Thursday morning. 

Police have preliminarily charged the teen with with four felony counts of disorderly conduct. He was and transported to the Sangamon County Juvenile Detention Facility. Formal charges could be filed on Friday. 

Franklin Middle School, Southeast High School, Springfield Highs School and Lanphier High School were evacuated just after 8:30 a.m. The final all clear was given at 11:30 a.m. 

According to the district, the threats began via phone calls. Students and staff were evacuated from each building and all students and staff are safe. 

Springfield police were working with the district to search each building. The district said schools resumed at 11:45 a.m. Students who were picked up do not have to return. Parents can call the school after 11:45 if they wish to have their student dismissed. 

Police say nothing was found in any of the four school buildings. They said they will continue to treat every threat as a serious matter. 

Anyone with additional details should contact police at 217-788-8427. 

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