Madison teen arrested for bomb threats at Memorial High, other schools

A Madison teenager is accused of making bomb threats at multiple schools, including Memorial High School, over a three-month period beginning in February.
Published: Aug. 11, 2022 at 1:10 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 11, 2022 at 6:48 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - A Madison teenager is accused of making bomb threats at multiple schools, including Memorial High School, over a three-month period beginning in February.

The 17-year-old was arrested Wednesday in connection with the threats and booked on a single count of being the party to a crime of causing a bomb scare. The Madison Police Department noted in a statement about the arrest that detectives plan to refer multiple felony, party to a crime charges connected to bomb scares and terrorist threats.

“I think it’s important to remember with cases like this the technology is often very advanced, so they do take a while,” said Madison Police Department spokesperson Stephanie Fryer.

The suspect is a student at Memorial High, which was the target of a weeklong string of threats beginning in late February. In a statement following the arrest, a Madison Metropolitan School District spokesperson said the district was “saddened to hear the person in custody is connected to our school.”

“We appreciate MPD for their diligent work on this case, especially due to the impact it had on our school community,” the statement continued, noting the pressures the continuing threats caused for students, staff, and their families.

The suspect is also accused of threats against schools in other counties. The police department did not say how many threats investigators have linked to him. In all, the threats, which began that February, lasted until April.

None of the threats were deemed credible, MPD noted.

MPD’s investigation into the threats remains ongoing and the police department says it is working with other agencies on the case.

“We have been working with people and agencies even as far as out-of-state, so not even just in the Wisconsin area, but people across the country on different threat investigations,” said Fryer.

She adds that more arrests could be made, and other schools are involved in the investigation.

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