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Holmes County school evacuated after bomb threat

Holmes County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to Poplar Springs High School Tuesday morning.
Holmes County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to Poplar Springs High School Tuesday morning.(WJHG)
Published: May. 17, 2022 at 12:51 PM CDT
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HOLMES COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Students at an area school were evacuated after a threat was made to the school.

Holmes County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to Poplar Springs High School Tuesday morning. We’re told students from that school were taken to Bethlehem School while authorities searched the campus. We’re told all students are safe.

Both the Division of Investigative and Forensic Services Bomb Squad and the Bay County Sheriff’s Office were called in to assist the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday.

“Basically what happened is the janitor went to one of the bathrooms at the school and found a note stating there was a bomb,” Sheriff Tate said.

After the students were evacuated, and the buildings were deemed safe, an 11-year-old Poplar Springs student confessed to writing the note, and will now have to face charges.

However, this threat isn’t the first of its kind. Less than two weeks ago, a 12-year-old Ponce De Leon student also made a threat and is now being charged.

Now, Law Enforcement wants to remind people that making a verbal or written threat can bring serious consequences.

“Making a false report for a bomb threat is a second degree felony, so basically if we can prove who done it, they can be charged with a second degree felony,” Tate said.

In certain situations, if a minor is charged, the State Attorney’s Office can even try them as an adult. That is why Sheriff Tate is calling on parents to help.

“Parents, I urge parents to talk to their kids about making idle threats,” Tate said. “Something that seems harmless in their eyes, it causes problems for everyone else around us.”

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