A geography teacher found the note on his desk Wednesday and brought it to administrators, who had received a much less menacing note the previous day.
According to the police blotter, Wednesday’s note said, “This school is about to blow. There is … bomb … I’m tired of the way people treat me! I want to say goodbye … I will be happy if you leave $300 (sic) in the locker room by 4 o’clock or I will let the bomb blow.
“You’re lucky it didn’t go off yesterday. Leave the $300 (sic) and don’t call police or else. The bomb is ticking away…”
The note in fact asked for $3,000, said Virginia Stewart, director of the Tracy Learning Center that houses Primary and Discovery Charter and Millennium High on Beverly Place.
She said the boy who was arrested Wednesday brought her a note on Tuesday that simply said, “This is a threat.” The note had a “happy face” on it, she said, and she called police who told her it warranted little concern.
The boy told Stewart he found Tuesday’s note in a bathroom, and she thanked him and told him he did the right thing by bringing it to her, but that it was a very serious matter.
When Wednesday’s note was discovered, the school was evacuated with a fire drill-like exercise, and the boy was brought to the office, where detectives were waiting for him. They compared the handwriting on the note with that in one of his school notebooks, Stewart said, and it matched.
After a few minutes, Stewart said the boy confessed and apologized in writing that he wrote Wednesday’s note, but was emphatic that it was a joke.
Officials found nothing funny about it, though, and he was taken away in handcuffs.
“We never would have been able to narrow it down to the one student without the note the day before,” Stewart said.
The kid has been suspended for two weeks and Stewart is recommending his expulsion.
One employee at the school who asked not to be identified said the boy is an honor student, and Stewart described him as “a nice boy” who had some difficulties at the school he attended before he went to Millennium High.
“The day before he should have realized it was not a joke to do a second time,” she said.