BREAKING NEWS — Student who allegedly made Hazen bomb threat arrested
February 12, 2010
By Tim Pfarr
UPDATED — 5:04 p.m. Feb. 12, 2010
An 18-year-old Hazen High School senior was arrested this afternoon after allegedly calling in a bomb threat to the high school Renton Police and Renton School District officials say.
The student has not yet been charged, officials said.
Hazen High School received a call at about 10:45 this morning from an individual who claimed there was a bomb inside the school and that students and staff had one hour to evacuate the building.
School officials followed Renton School District Guidelines by calling police and evacuating the building. Renton Police searched the building, but did not find anything. After allowing the hour to elapse, students and staff re-entered the school at noon.
The threatening call was traced to a pay phone at a convenience store in the Renton Highlands. The student was caught on the store’s security camera, police said. Police used the camera’s footage, and help from Hazen High School faculty members, to identify the him.
“Normally when we get these calls it’s a prank,” said Randy Matheson, district spokesman. “Every once and a while, we’ll have a kid who wants to get out of class and call in a bomb threat.”
Principal John Kniseley wrote an e-mail to parents this afternoon detailing the incident. At the time, the person who allegedly made the threat had not been taken into custody.
“Calling in bomb threats is a serious offense punishable by law,” Kniseley wrote.