Teen Charged In Walter Panas Bomb Scare

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Westchester County Police arrested a juvenile for juvenile delinquency after a bomb scare forced Walter Panas High School to be evacuated.
Westchester County Police arrested a juvenile for juvenile delinquency after a bomb scare forced Walter Panas High School to be evacuated. Photo Credit: File photo

CORTLANDT MANOR, N.Y. -- A juvenile has been arrested and charged with juvenile delinquency after a bomb scare led to the evacuation of Walter Panas High School in Cortlandt Friday.

Kieran O'Leary, public information officer for the Westchester County Police, said police wanted to speak to a juvenile after he had posted something on social media about building an incendiary device.

But the juvenile was not in school Friday, and as a precaution, police decided to evacuate the school, O'Leary said.

"That gave us some concern," O'Leary said. "The bomb squad was brought in, but nothing was found in his locker, though evidence was removed from his house."

O'Leary said there was never any threat to the school. The teenager's case was referred to family court. 

Superintendent George Stone confirmed nothing was found in the school or in a locker.

"There was no threat at any time to students and staff at the building," Stone said. "Please know that the safety and security of students and staff is always our number one concern."

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Ummm how come yesterday you said they found something in the locker - today you said they didn't find anything and it was over the internet. you need to check your stories out before reporting. You look like a joke at reporting!

Your report yesterday 3/17/14
CORTLANDT, N.Y. -- Westchester County Police reportedly discovered an ingredient used in making bombs in a Walter Panas High School locker in Cortlandt on Friday, March 14, according to theexaminernews.com.

The discovery of the incendiary ingredient triggered an emergency evacuation of students, faculty and staff on Friday. The school was evacuated for approximately 50 minutes while county police and the bomb squad investigated, theexaminernews.com reported.

Agreed, bad reporting. The source cited (http://www.theexaminernews.com/bomb-ingredient-reportedly-found-in-high-school-locker/ interviewed only students and cited no authorities. They later published a second article saying nothing was in the locker but don't seem to have issued a correction.