Poplarville, Biloxi Police Department respond to bomb threat at Poplarville High School

Published 7:00 am Wednesday, January 31, 2018

A bomb threat was reported at Poplarville High School Monday afternoon.

According to Poplarville Police Chief Butch Raby, the incident was reported at about 3 p.m., when the school resource officer contacted the Poplarville Police Department about a note alleging a bomb was in the boy’s bathroom.

Officers with the Poplarville Police Department conducted an investigation and searched the school campus but nothing was found.

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Additionally, the Biloxi Police Department sent two officers and a bomb-sniffing canine unit to the school campus later that day. The canine unit did a complete sweep of the school campus by going into every room and building but nothing was found, Raby said.

After further investigation, at about 10 p.m., officers with the Poplarville Police Department arrested a suspect allegedly responsible for the bomb threat, Raby said.

While Raby said he could not identity suspect due to his age, he did say that it was a 17-year-old male student of the District. Raby said the case has been turned over to the Pearl River County Youth Court.

“The school is safe, classes resumed normally and I want to thank the Biloxi Police Department for their support,” Raby said.

Raby would like to remind anyone thinking about making a bomb threat to think about the amount of money lost when a school shuts down or law enforcement agencies respond to a bomb threat, Raby said.