The Birmingham Mail is reporting that police have charged a teenage girl with making a ‘copycat’ hoax bomb call to a school in Wednesbury in the West Midlands.
The 14-year-old was arrested at her home address in West Bromwich on Friday morning in connection with a threat made to Wodensborough Ormiston Academy on Thursday, January 28.
The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been bailed to appear at Sandwell Youth Court on Monday, February 15.
Inspector Noeleen Murrin, from Birmingham Police, said: “These kinds of offences are not only a drain on police, council and school resources but they also waste the time of pupils who should be receiving their education.
“We take reports like this very seriously and have acted quickly to identify those we believe are responsible…”
Meanwhile a 14-year-old boy arrested on suspicion of making a separate hoax call to a school in Great Barr on Wednesday has been released on conditional police bail.
The maximum jail term for those found guilty of communicating a bomb hoax is seven years in prison. In addition to a spell behind bars a criminal record may hinder job opportunities and travel bans to countries such as the USA and Australia.
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