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Nash Teens Arrested, Suspected in School Bomb Threats

Posted May 19, 1999

— Two students have been arrested in Nash County, suspected of making bomb threats at a middle school.

Both of the 16-year-old boys spent the night at the Nash County jail Wednesday. One of them was released on bond Thursday afternoon, and the other is still in custody.

Melvin Jones is not surprised that his stepson, Matt Joyner, and his schoolmate, Brian Davis, spent the night in jail. The two boys are suspected in calling in two bomb threats to their former school, Edwards Junior High in Rocky Mount.

"Kids are getting shot at today in Atlanta, bomb threats. You're bothering hundreds of peoples' lives, so they're going to take it seriously," said Jones.

A few months ago, bomb threats were not that big of a deal, but now the phone calls cannot be ignored. Security has been beefed up at the school since the threats came in.

"You know it can really happen now. It's not just a 'what if' thing. It could really happen," said student Maggie Coombs.

Police never found anything dangerous at the school, and things are getting back to normal. Officials are pushing ahead with the charges.

Students say bomb threats used to be a joke, but not any more.

Jones has advice for anyone who thinks they are.

"Hey bud, don't play any games, because you'll have to pay the price. It's a stiff price to pay," said Jones.

That stiff price could include prison time if the two boys are convicted.

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