A Clayton County middle school student allegedly told investigators he reported a bomb threat, Wednesday, because he was "bored," said sheriff's officials.
It is the third bomb threat made against a Clayton County school this academic year. Arrests were made in each case, but nothing harmful was found in any of the schools.
Clayton County Sheriff Kem Kimbrough said such threats, which disrupt the school day as investigators clear the buildings and look for explosive devices, will not be tolerated.
"We will actively pursue and prosecute the individuals involved," he said.
Kimbrough also urged parents to talk to their children about making threats such as this one.
"Parents need to take the time to educate their children that these types of activities are against the law," said Kimbrough.
Kimbrough's office provides resource officers for many of the county's schools.
Lt. Brian Crisp said the 14-year-old, who cannot be identified because of his age, called 911 Wednesday morning to report overhearing two people talking about a bomb inside Pointe South Middle School, near Jonesboro.
"He told the operator he was not a student, but heard two males talking as he walked past the school," said Crisp.
However, the investigation revealed that the call came from a phone on school grounds. Crisp said the Clayton County Sheriff's Office and the Clayton County Police Department K9 Bomb Squad conducted a sweep of the school, but found nothing.
"The students were able to return to class after only a brief delay," he said.
Investigators identified the phone used to make the call. Several witnesses identified the caller by his voice, said Crisp.
"After initially denying the allegation, the juvenile finally admitted he placed the call because he was bored," Crisp said.
The student was arrested and charged with making terroristic threats and disruption of a public school. He was taken to the Martha Glaze Regional Youth Detention Center in Clayton County, pending a later court date, said Crisp.
The incident is the third one reported this school year. In October, Crisp said two juveniles were charged in connection with a bomb threat made at Charles Drew High School.
Crisp said the bomb threat was called in by a juvenile using his mother's disconnected cell phone. The sheriff's office, assisted by local and metro Atlanta bomb technicians, responded to the school and searched in vain for a destructive device, he said.
An investigation led Clayton deputies to the two juveniles, and they have been charged, said Crisp. They were not identified because of their ages.
In January, a Morrow High School student was arrested for making back-to-back calls about a bomb inside his school. In one of the 911 calls, the 14-year-old boy told the dispatcher he wanted $2 million.
The boy, who cannot be identified because of his age, was charged with three counts of felony terroristic threats, three counts of misdemeanor unlawful conduct during a 911 call, and two counts of disruption of a public school.
That student had enrolled in Clayton County Schools in September, after serving probation in Philadelphia for threatening another student with scissors. At his subsequent Juvenile Court hearing, Judge Steven Teske learned that the boy already had 15 absences and 52 tardies. Relatives told Teske they had concerns about the boy's association with gang members.
The boy was expected to return to Philadelphia, after being evaluated at a Riverdale treatment facility.