Teens Arrested for Calling in Bomb Threat

Eight Center High School students are in serious trouble. The 14- and 15-year-olds have been arrested and charged with terroristic threat. That is a third degree felony.

Authorities say, on January 12th, they used a cell phone to call in a bomb threat to the high school. That led to an evacuation, early dismissal, and a lengthy search by a bomb squad.

District Attorney Lynda K. Russell says, "I'm sure the parents of these children are not going to understand, but if you would talk to the parents of some of those children that thought that their child was in the building with a bomb in it, I'm sure that you would find out it wasn't very funny."

All eight girls are in Longview at a juvenile detention center.  Russell said they'll remain in detention until Tuesday, when they will appear before a district judge. Russell says she'll recommend probation for some of the violators, but others may get a harsher sentence.

The crime is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.  Two of the teens were already on probation and could be sent away until they are 21.