Police arrest prankster following bomb threats

Published 12:00 am Friday, February 23, 2007


A 15-year-old Selma High student arrested Thursday and charged with making prank calls from her cellular phone may find out the matter isn’t so funny.

Authorities had been working diligently over the past several weeks trying to catch the culprit, who at one time used a cell phone to call in four bomb threats in one day.

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Thursday the youth nabbed by the Selma Police Department admitted she placed three prank calls from her cell phone.

On Wednesday there were four prank calls placed &045; one caused the school to be evacuated in the rain just after classes began.

There are two new twists to the age-old prank.

New technology allows the 9-1-1 call center to track emergency calls placed by cell phones.

The other new aspect is the law enacted in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 tragedy, which makes bomb threats and prank phone calls to public places a felony.

The juvenile may learn first hand about the new law, as they may appear before District Judge Bob Armstrong as early as today.

The juvenile was released Thursday to the custody of their parents. Police said she would have been jailed had space been available closer than Baldwin County.

Mayor James Perkins Jr., made a visit to Selma High on Thursday and made an appeal over the school’s intercom.