Teen arrested after bomb threats at Columbus school

By The Associated Press

COLUMBUS — A 17-year-old has been charged with two counts of false reporting of a bomb involving two threats made at Columbus High School in the past two weeks.

Police Chief Selvain McQueen tells The Commercial Dispatch that the youth was arrested Wednesday after another threat was called into the school.

McQueen says the teenager is a student but declined to say which school he attends. The teenager is being held at the Lowndes County Juvenile Detention Center.

No explosives were found in either incident. The high school, which has 1,300 students, was evacuated each time.

The maximum penalty for a false bomb threat is 10 years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections and a $10,000 fine.