Five Hattiesburg students arrested and charged with bomb threat

By Karrie Leggett – email | bio

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM)-   Five Hattiesburg High students have been charged and arrested for allegedly threatening to blow up the high school, and two will be tried as adults.

Police allege a 17-year-old and an 18-year-old along with three juveniles called in a bomb threat to the school secretary Tuesday.

After the secretary received the calls the principal and resource officer were notified of the bomb threats and immediately went through emergency procedure. After school officials determined it was not a real bomb threat, they tracked down the numbers the threats were called from, and within an hour arrested five students.

Alan Oubre, Hattiesburg school district executive director of support services said the students will regret their actions.

"Our primary duty is to keep out students safe. Of course, bomb threats some of the kids look at it as a prank, joke or something that they can laugh about, but it is a very serious thing. It's a crime. These students will be regretting this incident whether they thought it was a prank, a joke or something that they talked each other into." said Oubre.

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