A 12-year-old has been identified as the individual responsible for making bomb threats to several schools in Maryland. The Montgomery County Department of Police announced on Wednesday that they have determined the identity of the culprit who sent threatening emails to multiple schools. The threats occurred over four consecutive days starting on October 13, followed by two additional threats this week.
According to the police statement, detectives have spoken with the 12-year-old, who admitted to being responsible for the bomb threats. However, due to Maryland law, children under the age of 13 can only be charged with offenses that constitute a “crime of violence.” As a result, the individual cannot be charged under current Maryland statutes.
Authorities expressed their disappointment that the individual behind the threats was aware of the legal limitations surrounding their age. They acknowledged that the culprit understood there would be no consequences for their actions. The bomb threats led to wasted time and resources as officers and K-9 units were deployed to investigate false alarms at Montgomery Blair High School, Oak View Elementary School, and Silver Spring International School, which serves middle school students.