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Teens arrested in
Kitsap County:
For making threats to harm others over social media and possessing explosive devices

December 09, 2017

(EAST BREMERTON, WA.) -- The Kitsap County Sheriff's office says threats to harm others made over social media, that temporarily placed Olympic High School (OHS) into lockdown, has resulted in the arrest of a 14-year-old East Bremerton boy.

The boy was booked into the youth services center (juvenile detention) on a charge of harassment. Kitsap County Sheriff’s patrol deputies responded to OHS in East Bremerton around1 pm on Friday concerning information that had come to the attention of school administrators.

School officials reported that a former OHS student had threatened to return to the school and bring a firearm and other persons with him. Although no longer a student at OHS, the suspect has remained in the Central Kitsap School District system and was enrolled at another school.

"The cause of this action was reported to be a dispute between the suspect and a current OHS male student," said statement Friday from the sheriff's office. "The dispute stemmed from alleged remarks or text messages by the current OHS student over an incident that had occurred the previous week. The former OHS student wanted to fight the current OHS student who wanted nothing to do with the suspect. The suspect stated that he intended to bring a gun to the fight.

Other students also were involved in the exchange of threats or other information via text messaging or social media. Early Friday afternoon the the boy who was arrested made comments via social media that led authorities to believe that he was in the vicinity of OHS looking for the person whom he wanted to fight.

"Due to the nature of the threats that involved the suspect being armed with a gun, OHS administrators placed the school into lockdown as a precautionary measure. A few minutes later a sheriff’s patrol sergeant located the suspect and three other
youths on foot at a nearby park," said the sheriff's office.

The suspect was detained and was found not to be armed with a gun. School officials subsequently canceled the lockdown, the boy was taken into custody and transported to juvenile detention.

Central Kitsap student arrested for possessing explosive device

And a Central Kitsap School District ninth grade student was arrested Friday following an investigation by Kitsap County Sheriff’s patrol deputies and detectives. The 15-year-old boy was booked into the youth services center (juvenile detention) on a charge of "threats to bomb and a charge of possession of an incendiary device," said the sheriff's office in a statement.

Sheriff’s patrol deputies responded to Central Kitsap High School shortly after 10 am Friday concerning information received by school administrators that a student on campus was in possession of some type of explosive device.

The student had been detained by administrators who had found the item in his backpack. The young man, together with his guardians, cooperated with the investigation.

"The volatile item in question is a commercially manufactured explosive device that falls under the jurisdiction of the (Federal) Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives," and to possess such a device one needs a federal permit, said the sheriff's office.

The sheriff's office investigation determined that the student brought the device to school after communicating with other students via social media Thursday night. There had been discussion about possibly detonating the explosive, either on campus or off-campus, during the time period when a student assembly was scheduled to take place.

Sheriff’s detectives followed-up with the investigation an with permission from the student’s guardians, investigators recovered four additional explosive devices from the guardians’ residence and they were turned over to a sheriff’s sergeant who is an explosive ordnance technician and WSP bomb squad member for eventual destruction.

Detectives are trying to determine how the boy acquired the explosives since he does not have the required federal permit to purchase them.



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