Detectives from the McLean Police District Station pinpointed the source of a bomb threat made against McLean High School on Wednesday, March 2 and obtained a petition to charge a 17-year-old male from the McLean area with Threats to Bomb, according to a press release from the Fairfax County Police Department yesterday.
Police were called to McLean High School on March 2 for a report of a bomb threat after, according to police, school staff received an email communicating the threat shortly after 8 a.m. that morning. McLean Station detectives assumed the investigation from that point.
According to the Fairfax County Police Department, this case is not related to any other threats that have been received throughout Northern Virginia between Monday, February 29 and Friday, March 4. On Friday, March 4 seven high schools in Northern Virginia, including McLean High School, received bomb threats through robocalls to the schools.
The Fairfax County Police Department said in its release that it considers all bomb threats serious matters and any suspect developed through an investigation will be charged. Threats to Bomb is a Class 5 Felony and if found guilty, carries a term of imprisonment of not less than one year nor more than 10 years, or in the discretion of the jury or the court trying the case without a jury, confinement in jail for not more than 12 months and a fine of not more than $2,500, either or both.
Police ask that anyone with information about this or any similar case contact Crime Solvers electronically by visiting fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text-a-tip by texting “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES(2746370 or by calling 1-866-411-TIPS(8477) or 703-691-2131.