Two teenage boys have been arrested and accused of making multiple threats this week that caused lockdowns at Watkins Memorial High School.
A second threat in a week’s time forced a lockdown at Watkins Memorial High School Thursday morning.
Licking County Sheriff Deputies put the school in a level one lockdown. That means students were locked in their classrooms while officials searched, the football and soccer fields along with inside the school with help from school janitors.
The lockdown was released by 9:30 a.m. and Lt. Brock Harmon with the sheriff’s office said school was back to normal. Seniors were not at school today and underclassmen were working on finals.
Harmon said it appeared that the person making the threats was familiar with the school’s evacuation procedures.
On Tuesday the school received an electronic threat about multiple bombs on school property and students were evacuated until just after noon.
According to the Licking County Sheriff’s Office, two 15-years-old boys were arrested in connection with the threats.
“My daughter is pretty stressed out. She is trying to get exams in and this should be a fun time of the year, instead it is not,” said Maria Atkins, whose daughter attends Watkins.
“All it takes is one person to give the school a bad name, they really are not doing us any good,” said Steve Walsh, who has two daughters at Watkins.
Deputies said after gathering evidence, and with some help from the public, the first teenager, a student at Watkins Memorial High School, was interviewed and admitted to conspiring with another boy to send the threatening messages to the high school.
Deputies then traveled to Delaware County to interview the second teenager who admitted to sending at least one of the threatening emails Tuesday, according to deputies.
Both suspects said they allegedly sent the threats so the first teenager wouldn’t have to attend school.