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Lakeland police: Boy made bomb threat over walkie-talkie

Lakeland police say a 14-year-old boy is in custody after making a bomb threat over a walkie-talkie at a school.

About 10:40 a.m., Lakeland Highlands Middle School, 740 Lake Miriam Drive, reported receiving several messages over a coach’s walkie-talkie from someone impersonating school officials. One message stated, “The explosives are in place and I’m feeling crazy.”

The school was evacuated, and police officers and school officials searched of the school for suspicious packages. The school was closed until approximately 12:38 p.m., at which time students were allowed back inside, police said.

The school resource officer and school administrators received tips from several students about a boy who was a possible suspect. Officials say the boy admitted to making the threats during an interview.

A walkie-talkie was found in the boy’s backpack, police said.

The boy was taken into custody and charged with making a bomb threat, a Felony 2 degree, police said. He was transported to the Juvenile Detention Center.

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