The Express & Star is reporting that a 14-year-old from the Black Country who made a hoax bomb call to a local school has been told by magistrates she only avoided custody because of her age.
The teenager phoned a school on January 28 and said ‘you have 24 minutes to evacuate’ after being ‘egged on by a friend’ to make the threat, a court heard.
The school was evacuated following the phone conversation and police were called, Sandwell magistrates were told.
The call was made amid a number of unrelated bomb hoaxes at schools across Sandwell – including Tipton, Wednesbury, West Bromwich and Oldbury – in the past month. Schools in Birmingham and Halesowen have also been targeted.
Standing before the court with her mother yesterday, the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, choked back tears as she apologised for her ‘stupid’ behaviour, saying that she ‘immediately regretted’ making the call after putting the phone down.
The girl, from West Bromwich, pleaded guilty to communicating false information about a bomb hoax.
The teenager was given a 10-month referral order and ordered to pay £135 court costs and a £15 victim surcharge…
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