Two Arrested In Recent Mt. Vernon School Security Threats

(MT. VERNON, IL) –Investigations into bomb threats made Tuesday, February 17, and Monday, February 22, against two Mt. Vernon schools have resulted in the arrests of two teens on charges related to those threats. According to the Mt. Vernon Police Department, at approximately 8:10 a.m. Wednesday, February 17, their office was notified of a written bomb threat which had been located on a bathroom wall at the Mt Vernon Township High School. Officers assisted in securing the school and began an investigation into the threat. But according to a press release published by District Superintendent Mike Smith, the day of the threat, classes were not dismissed until 12:25 that afternoon, despite the threat being received at 8:10 a.m. On Friday February 19th a 17-year-old female student from Mt Vernon Township High School was arrested on charges of Giving A False Bomb Report resulting from the February 17th threat. The 17-year-old female was processed at the Mt Vernon Police Department and detained at the Franklin County Juvenile Detention Facility pending a court appearance in Jefferson County. Then on Monday February 22, at 10:05 a.m., the Mt Vernon Police Department was notified of a written bomb threat which had been located on a bathroom wall at Casey Junior High School. Officers assisted in securing the school and began an investigation into the threat. A 13-year old student from Casey Junior High was taken into custody by Mt Vernon Police Detectives and transported to the police department. The juvenile was processed at the police department and transported to the Franklin County Juvenile Detention Facility pending a Jefferson County court date. The police department is still investigating a written bomb threat which was located in a boy’s bathroom at the Mt Vernon Township High School on Tuesday, February 16th.