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Update: Teen charged after fake bomb brought to Newport school

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NEWPORT, N.C. - A middle school student has been charged after bringing a fake bomb to school Thursday.

The threat forced school leaders in Carteret County to evacuate hundreds of students early from Broad Creek Middle School.
 
Law enforcement found what looked like a bomb inside a student’s locker.

Deputies say the 14-year-old student who brought it bragged about it to his fellow students, after getting the idea off the internet. He's now charged with perpetrating a hoax.

“Just got really concerned and right away wanted to get the boys out of school,” said Rick Hamm, Broad Creek Middle School parent.

Rick Hamm has a 13-year-old son at Broad Creek Middle School. His son, along with the rest of the students, were evacuated to Croatan High School while authorities worked on removing the device and taking the student who brought it into custody.

When sheriff deputies found the device, they backed out of the school and called the State Bureau of Investigation and Cherry Point’s bomb squad for help.

At least a dozen officers from state, local, and federal agencies responded. They brought bomb sniffing dogs and a bomb removal robot.

 “When somebody calls in a bomb threat or they bring about some sort of hoax or something like that, it really costs a lot of money and a lot of resources to bring everything together,” said Sheriff Asa Buck, Carteret County Sheriff’s Office.

The school district says it’s all thanks to a student the device was found.

 “The assistant principal was contacted by a student at the school and told there was another student that had another item that was unusual,” said Tabbie Nance, Carteret County Schools spokesperson.

The school district says the student who reported the threat should be commended.

As far as the student who brought the device, it’s up to the district attorney’s office and juvenile intake counselors to determine any charges.

Parents say after the Sandy Hook massacre and other recent school threats, bomb scares like these aren’t welcome.

After the evacuation, bomb-sniffing dogs did a second search of the school and found no other suspicious devices.

The 14-year-old student charged said the hoax wasn’t meant for the school but for a residential subdivision.
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