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UPDATE: Bomb Scare On Board School Bus; Student In Custody

UPDATED: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 --- 5:00 p.m.
By: Barclay Pollak

A little after 8:45 this morning Milton Police were dispatched to Northside Intermediate School.

Allegedly a fifth grade student said he had a bomb and a bus driver observed what looked like an explosive device.

Lt. John Conger with the Milton Police Department says, " It was some batteries, some wires and a hand held video game put together in a shoe box of some sort that appeared to an average person that it could be potentially an explosive device."

The bomb like device would turn out to be a fake. Once at the school the bus was evacuated.

Only the student and device remained on board. The building was also evacuated after threats of violence against faculty and staff surfaced.

Lt. Conger says, " Along with making the threats with the item that he had he stated that he wished to harm staff or teachers with in the school."

At about 10:45 the 11-year old was taken into custody.

" He was successfully taken into custody by the Rock County Sheriff's Swat Team were able to negotiate with him and he came off the bus with out incident and was taken into custody, " says Lt. Conger.

The Winnebago County Sheriff's Office Bomb Squad safely removed and destroyed the device.

The building was also checked and nothing was found.

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Posted Wednesday, March 16, 2011 --- 1:25 p.m.

Press Release from the Milton Police Department:

At approximately 8:47 am Officers of the Milton Police Department were dispatched to Northside Intermediate school for a report of a possible bomb on a school bus parked in the parking lot at the school, accompanied by threats made by a student on the bus. The bus driver evacuated all students from the bus when he saw a student with a device that looked like a bomb with batteries and wires on it. The bus driver further indicated that he heard a student nearest the device state that he had a bomb and threatened to detonate the device either on the bus or in the school.

The bus driver notified school district administration immediately who pursuant to their critical incident response plan evacuated all students and staff and sent them to Milton Middle School. The Milton Police Department requested the assistance of the Rock County Sheriff’s office Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team, and the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad Unit, maintaining a perimeter around the bus until responding units could arrive. The joint of Milton/Town of Milton Fire Department and EMS were also staged on standby throughout the incident.

At approximately 10:45 am the Rock County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team approached the bus and was able to successfully negotiate with the 11 year old student, encouraging him to move away from the device and exit the bus. The student did so and was taken into custody without incident. The Winnebago County Sheriff’s office bomb squad removed the device from the bus and safely destroyed it. The device was a child’s video game with a series of wires and batteries attached to it simulating a bomb like device. There were no actual explosives associated with this incident.

As a precautionary measure, law enforcement personnel and school district administrators did a cursory search of the school. Nothing suspicious was found. The 11 year old student remains in police custody at this time.

Parents of students at Northside school were notified of the incident via the District’s phone messaging system. School was canceled for the remainder of the day and will resume as normal on Thursday, March 17th, 2011.


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