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Teen arrested for jokingly posting bomb threat on Twitter

BY: Kimberly Snickles, Cheektowaga Source | December 26, 2012

A Cleveland Hill High School student was arrested last week after he jokingly tweeted that he was going to blow up the school with a bomb.

“It was a joke because he never meant to bomb it but he put it on Twitter,” said Cheektowaga Police Captain Jim Speyer. “Although in this day and age you can never take anything for granted. We will never just assume it’s a joke.”

According to police, a 14-year-old boy tweeted, “I’m about to bomb Cleve Hill,” at 8:45 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 19. The mother of a student saw the tweet and immediately called the police. Officers then went to the student’s home and talked to his parents. The parents agreed to a search of their home of which police made sure that the offender did not have any means to do what he had threatened. Speyer said out of the 100 people who saw the tweet, only the one mother notified police.

“We would hope that if 100 people saw it then we would get 100 phone calls but as it is, we only know of the one,” he said.

Speyer is reminding the public that the department does have an anonymous tip line called Tip411, where anyone can report something without having to be identified. To use Tip411, residents must text the keyword CPDNY, then a space, and the tip information to 847411.

“Tip411 is completely anonymous. It goes to a third party, we get the instant text and there’s no way we can trace it back to where it originated,” said Speyer.

The boy was arrested as a juvenile and charged with two D felonies for making a terrorist threat and falsely reporting an incident.

“Kids have to know that we will not accept this kind of behavior. It alarms people especially with all of the shootings that we had, all of the destruction and killings, kids have to realize it’s not a joke.”

The incident will be handled in family court.

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