UPDATE (11/22/13; 9:45 a.m. ET): A second teen has been charged in connection with this incident – click here for details.
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CHESAPEAKE CITY – Deputy State Fire Marshals have charged a Bohemia Manor High School student after she had placed a package inside a class room that resembled a bomb.
At about 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday, firefighters from the Chesapeake City Volunteer Fire Company responded to an alarm at the high school located at 2755 Augustine Herman Highway.
Upon arriving at the scene, fire crews found that the high school was being evacuated and learned of a suspicious device located in the school’s art room.
Fire department officials located the package and called up Cecil County Sheriff’s Office personnel and bomb technicians from the Office of the State Fire Marshal Bomb Squad to investigate further.
Investigators determined that the package had been left inside the school as a prank.
The package consisted of a small box with a not stating that a bomb was inside. The bomb squad determined that the box was empty.
A 16-year-old female has been charged with manufacturing and placing a phoney destructive device (a felony carrying up to 10 years in prion and/or a $10,000 fine) and disturbing school operations (a misdemeanor with penalties of up to 6 months in jail and/or a $2,500 fine).
The girl was referred to the Department of Juvenile Services and released into the custody of her parents.