14-year old student behind fake bomb threat

URDANETA CITY—A 14-year old student of Urdaneta City National High School who failed to do his homework was found to be behind the hoax bomb threat on June 28 that caused students and teachers to panic.

P/Superintendent Rollyfer Capoquian, city police chief, said Thursday this was determined based on their investigation.

He said the suspect was surrendered by his parents to his office where he admitted his guilt.

The suspect made a fake bomb using a box with stones and batteries wrapped in electrical tape with a remote control device and a timer on it with a handwritten message “Wag n’yo itong bubuksan sasabog ito (Don’t open this it will explode)” placed in a girls’ restroom in the school.

The discovery of the box resulted in suspension of all classes for the day.

As a result, some parents immediately sought to transfer their children to other schools following the bomb scare, he said.

Capoquian said the suspect has no previous crime record here and is not a drug user or a member of any fraternities but he nonetheless recommended that the suspect undergoes six-month counseling with the City Social Welfare and Development Office here as prescribed by Republic Act 9344 or the Juvenile Welfare and Justice Act of 2006.

He said the child resorted to the bomb scare to avoid embarrassment in the class for his failure to do his homework.

The suspect was hooked on video games that led him not to do his homework, he said.

Capoquian said the fake bomb also had a message that another bomb was allegedly in the principal’s office.

Police now regularly patrol the school and security guards were oriented to avoid a repeat of the incident he said. (Eva Visperas)

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