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Student charged in Hough High bomb threat

By Steve Lyttle

slyttle@charlotteobserver.com

A 16-year-old Hough High School student has been charged in connection with a bomb threat that disrupted classes Tuesday at his school, according to Cornelius police.

Riley Bowlin, of Huntersville, has been charged with a felony, making a false bomb threat.

According to police, Bowlin was charged with the first of two bomb threats at the school. That took place about 8:15 a.m., when police received a 911 call, reporting a bomb was in a restroom at the school. Cornelius police say that call came from Bowlin.

After that threat, students and staff were ordered to leave the school while police, fire and Charlotte-Mecklenburg School officials searched the building. No device was found, and classes resumed about 9:45 a.m.

The school was evacuated a second time, after 12:30 p.m., when a suspicious package was found in a restroom. A bomb squad was called in, but the package was harmless, police said later.

Police have not said if an arrest has been made in the second case, but they said Wednesday they are continuing the investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call Cornelius police, at 704-892-7773.

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