Updated 12/20/2012 10:25 PM
Student in Cheektowaga arrested after posting bomb threat on Twitter
A Cheektowaga student has been arrested after threatening to blow up the Cleveland Hill High School. YNN's Katie Cummings reports.
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Police say the words “I’m about to bomb Cleve Hill” were tweeted Wednesday night by a 14-year-old boy at Cleveland Hill High School. A mother of one of the nearly 100 students who saw the tweet alerted Cheektowaga police.
"One of the concerns we have is only one person called us. We would have liked to have received a phone call from every one of those individuals," said Captain Jim Speyer, Cheektowaga Police Department.
Police went to the freshman’s home and searched it for anything suspicious, but nothing was found. The student admitted he knew sending the tweet was wrong and that’s why he deleted it three minutes later.
However, Speyer says these kind of threats will not be taken lightly, especially in the wake of the Newtown shooting.
"We will treat every one of those as if it's the real deal and investigate them fully. We, everybody is on edge since last Friday and this is very poor timing on his part," Speyer said.
Some parents were relieved to hear of the arrest.
"It just makes me worry even more but I’m really glad to hear they are taking things more serious than what they used to. Back in the days when we were growing up, we didn’t deal with this stuff," said Joseph Folvarcik, parent.
"You can never be too safe, you know, too sure. So going the extra mile, checking the house, even going further than that I think it's fantastic and they need to do that more often," said Joseph Busalachi, parent.
Meanwhile, one parent claims the school never informed her and hopes they do so in the future.
"I think the principal maybe should have went out of his way to inform parents that this was placed on Twitter," said Michelle Fulks. "Hopefully, they'll, next time they'll, you know, come at it a different way."
The teen was charged as a juvenile with making a terrorist threat and falsely reporting an incident, both felonies. He was released on an appearance ticket and will return to family court.