Juvenile taken into custody admits to making report

On Monday, at approximately 2:40 p.m., Mexico Department of Public Safety was called to Mexico Middle School regarding a bomb threat. The school was evacuated and subsequently searched. Nothing was found and the staff was allowed to return by 4:15 p.m.

Today, through a cooperative effort by Mexico Department of Public Safety, Mexico Public Schools and Audrain County Juvenile Office, a suspect was developed and subsequently interviewed. The suspect, a juvenile, admitted to making the report. There was never a bomb or any intent on causing harm. The juvenile was taken into custody by the Audrain County Juvenile Office.

Making a false bomb report is more than a simple inconvenience. It is a serious threat to safety that will always be handled thoroughly and professionally by the schools and Public Safety.

Making a false bomb report is a class D felony. Mexico Department of Public Safety would like to remind residents that Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for this and any other incident. If you have information that would help Mexico Department of Public Safety solve this or other crimes, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-392-TIPS.