A seventh Dodge City student has been arrested for making threats to a school, this time the threat was toward the Dodge City Middle School.

According to Dodge City Police Chief Drew Francis, about 4:10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, the DCPD was notified of a possible bomb threat to DCMS.

"Officers learned that a 13-year-old female middle school student received a phone call from a blocked number while present in a classroom at the end of the school day," Francis said. "The male caller started using profanity, and the student hung up the phone. The blocked caller immediately called back, and the female student put the phone on speaker for the teacher to listen.

"During that second call, the unknown male caller stated that he was going to blow up the school."

Later in the evening, the 15-year-old male caller was located at his Dodge City residence and arrested without incident, officials said.

According to Francis, charges for the alleged felony crime of aggravated criminal threat were filed with the Ford County Attorney’s Office.

"The officers with the DCPD did a great job utilizing their resources to bring this case to a conclusion within four hours of receiving this report," Francis said. "While they were able to do this quickly, every second counts in matters of public safety, and witness cooperation is vital to the investigative process.

"We, as a community, should work together to ensure the safety of our children."

The latest school threat arrest took place just days after a Dodge City High School student was arrested on Oct. 8, bringing the school threat arrest total to seven.

Two others occurred from one of the middle schools and another took place before the school year began, while three students were arrested in August.

 

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