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Police Make Arrest in Middle School Bomb Scare

The student was placed in the custody of the Washington County Juvenile Department, who later released him to his parents.

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(PORTLAND, Ore.) - Police say an arrest was made Friday afternoon in the February 6th bomb threat at Banks Junior High School. The suspect is a 13-year old student at the school.

Sgt. David Thompson with the Washington County Sheriff's Office says that around 3:00 p.m. Friday, the 13-year old male juvenile was arrested at his home in Banks regarding the February 6th bomb threat that caused the evacuation of Banks Junior High School.

"Deputy Tran, who is assigned to the City of Banks on a contract through the Sheriff's Office, conducted the investigation into the bomb scare that caused the school to be evacuated," Thompson said.

Deputy Tran's investigation reportedly led to the arrest of the suspect, who is a student at Banks Junior High.

Thompson said, "The juvenile suspect admitted to calling in the bomb threat and said he was acting on a dare from other students at the school."

No criminal charges are being brought against the students who allegedly dared the suspect.

At this time it does not appear that there was any validity to the threat and the suspect was not in possession of an explosive device, Thompson said.

The suspect was referred to the juvenile authority on charges of Initiating a False Report, Improper Use of a 911 System, and Disorderly Conduct.

He was placed in the custody of the Washington County Juvenile Department, who later released him to his parents.

The name of the Juvenile suspect is not being released at this time.

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