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Expelled student gets deferred prosecution for bomb threat

The Mercer Island High School student arrested for her involvement in a bomb-threat hoax in late February pled guilty last week. If she completes all of her court requirements, she will not be prosecuted.

According to documents obtained by the King County Prosecutor’s Office, the 15-year-old girl must complete 40 hours of community service and is placed under community supervision for one year. She is also prohibited from any contact with her boyfriend and co-defendant, a 16-year-old Renton resident. She is also banned from making any contact with the high school. If she gets in further trouble with the law, she will be prosecuted.

Mercer Island High School immediately expelled the student after her arrest.

Threats to Bomb or Injure Property is a Class B felony. Had the two teenagers been 18, they could have been punished with up to 10 years in prison or fined $20,000.

The two teenagers were charged with the crime after the boy called in a bomb threat to the high school around 8:10 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26. The school was closed for the day so the state patrol could search the building.

According to the court charging papers, the 15-year-old MIHS sophomore admitted during questioning that she “hated being at MIHS” and was “having a bad day” on the morning of the threat. She stated that she “needed to get out [of school]” and decided to call in a bomb threat. She then decided to call her boyfriend in Renton and ask him to make the call. Reluctant at first, the boy made the call. The pair confessed to police during questioning.

The boy has a court appearance scheduled for May 7.

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