Arrest Made in Burlingame High Bomb Threat Case

The bomb scare caused a two-hour lock down and evacuation of the campus Friday.

A female student has been arrested in connection with a that caused a two-hour lock down and evacuation of Burlingame High School on Friday, authorities said Monday afternoon.

The student is believed to have used a male student's email account to send a message alleging he had a gun and a bomb to Burlingame High administrators, and warning them that they had better lock down the school.

The female student allegedly used the male student's account without his knowledge, after he had logged into his email on a school computer and momentarily walked away, police said.

No motive for the incident was released. The female student has been released on bail.

The incident prompted an evacuation of the campus, and police detained the male student that day. A subsequent search of his person, property, and the entire school revealed no weapons or explosive devices.

The suspected student was cooperative with police and questioned thoroughly by investigators after the incident; however, based on his statement and the facts known to investigators at the time, he was not arrested.

The female student has been charged with making criminal threats and falsely reporting a bomb.

to read one student's account on Burlingame Patch of the bomb scare on Friday afternoon.

Bren February 14, 2012 at 05:56 PM
It looks like Burlingame High needs to get a sense of humor.
Leslie Chen February 15, 2012 at 03:22 PM
A sense of humor is reserved for toilet paper in the trees and stink bombs in the hallway. This was a crime that caused fear and anxiety for hundreds of students and their parents. Maybe the girl thought she was playing a harmless prank, but that was ignorant and cruel on her part.
Bren February 15, 2012 at 09:51 PM
Fear and anxiety? Please. I used to work at City College of San Francisco, and it was par for the course that somebody would phone in a bomb threat around final exams time, practically every semester. Nobody took it seriously and nobody felt an ounce of fear or anxiety; we all just welcomed the unexpected day off.
Miriam Finder February 15, 2012 at 10:09 PM
I'd imagine that if this happened back when I was a high school student, I would have been pretty scared. However, I've been hearing some pretty positive responses to the way the district and school handled the situation. Any parents out there care to chime in?
Bren February 16, 2012 at 12:43 AM
If somebody had blown up my junior high, I would have danced with glee.


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