16-year-old charged in connection to Cumberland High School bomb threat

This is a file photo of Cumberland High School. (WLNE)

CUMBERLAND, R.I. (WLNE) — A 16-year-old boy was arrested after a bomb threat Thursday sent the school into a “restricted movement.”

According to police, school administrators were made aware of a social media message that was received by a student, “indicating threats against the high school.”

That student, Chief Matthew Benson said, reported having received this “unsolicited message” from an unknown person they were connected to on social media years ago.

That threat was not deemed credible.

After investigating, Benson said they were able to identify the boy who was a high school student in a northern Massachusetts community.

The boy had no ties to Cumberland, the high school, or student who got the message, said the chief said Friday.

“The suspect was quickly located and detained by their local high school resource officer,” said police.

The 16-year-old went to Cumberland police headquarters with their parent and admitted to the hoax, Benson said.

The boy was charged with one count of bomb threats and similar false reports and one count of disorderly conduct.

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