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.

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3 Responses to “BREAKING NEWS — Student who allegedly made Hazen bomb threat arrested”

  1. SalmonFisher on February 13th, 2010 12:55 pm

    When I was a kid we’d call in sick pretending to be our parents, or have someone else in the class say “here” when our name was called.

    Never crossed my mind to threaten blowing up the school. Guess I was a “small thinker”.

  2. Grace Stiller on February 17th, 2010 10:43 pm

    This unfortunate bomb threat took place during the District Swim and Dive Competition hosted at Hazen High School. Several schools from around WA where competing in this event. Swimmers came out of a warm pool to stand outside without proper clothing for over an hour while the facility was checked by police and fire dept officials. The wind was blowing and the kids were cold on the track field in their wet swim suits. As a parent, I was chilled to the bone, and not in a swim suit., just without a coat. The kids went back to their dive competitions… It was hard on everybody.

  3. Harry Ballsonya on February 24th, 2010 12:55 pm

    The swimmers should suck it up.

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