CEDAR CITY — A 15-year-old boy has been arrested and accused of making a bomb threat and reporting a man with a gun at Cedar High School on consecutive days,
Just after 2 p.m. Monday, 911 dispatchers received a call of a bomb threat at the high school. The school was placed on lockdown and then evacuated after police arrived,
A bomb squad spent several hours searching the building and located a suspicious bag that after being examined, was determined not to contain any explosives, according to Cedar City police.
Just after 12:20 p.m. Tuesday, 911 dispatchers received a call of “a male dressed in all black, wearing a black mask and with a gun at Cedar High School.” Again, the school was placed on lockdown as officers responded. The building was searched and video surveillance was reviewed, and the call was determined to be a hoax, according to the police department.
As part of their investigation, police discovered the same cellphone was used to make both calls to emergency dispatchers. They then traced that phone to a 15-year-old boy and booked him into a youth corrections center for investigation of two counts of 911 abuse and theft, according to police.
“After interviewing the suspect, we want to assure the public there remain no valid threats, no public safety risk, and Cedar High School will resume classes as normal,” police said, adding that extra officers would be at the school Wednesday to give students a sense of security.