Bomb threat leads to arrest


Tribune photo by Aaron Piper/ Seymour police officers block the entrance to Seymour Middle School on Wednesday after a message was found in a bathroom threatening the school. The message claimed an explosive device would be detonated Wednesday afternoon. The school was evacuated and students were taken to a predetermined location during the threat.

A Seymour Middle School student has been arrested in connection with a bomb threat at the school.

The 13-year-old was arrested at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday by Officer Billy Smith on a charge of intimidation, Assistant Police Chief Craig Hayes said Thursday. The charge is a Class D felony.

The student was taken to the Jackson County Juvenile Detention Center in Brownstown and remained in custody there Thursday morning, Hayes said.

A note found in a school

restroom triggered an evacuation of the school’s 700 students around 1 p.m., Seymour Superintendent Robert Hooker said.

The note was found by another student and turned over to authorities, Hayes said.

“Apparently (the arrested student) admitted to writing the note,” Hayes said. “Smith thinks it was a school prank that went wrong.”

Hayes said the investigation is continuing.

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