NEWPORT, CARTERET COUNTY -

A 14-year-old student has been charged for bringing a device thought to be a bomb to Broad Creek Middle School, said investigators.

According to the Carteret County Sheriff's Office, the 14-year-old male has been charged with felony perpetrating a hoax. Deputies said it's a "Class H" felony that can have a penalty ranging from community service to up to 20 months in jail, depending on prior convictions.

The teen has been released to the custody of his mother. Due to his age, no other information will be released, investigators said.

Deputies said the teen stored what appeared to be a bomb in a locker at Broad Creek Middle School in Newport, and bragged about it to fellow students. Those students then reported the device to school officials Thursday morning, said investigators.

The 14-year-old admitted to deputies that the device was meant as a hoax that was not intended for the school, according to the Sheriff's Office. Instead, the hoax was intended for a residential subdivision, investigators said.

The teen claimed he got the idea for the hoax from the internet, the Sheriff's Office stated.

Bomb dogs from the Cherry Point Explosive Ordinance Disposal Team searched the school, and did not find any other devices, said deputies.

The scare prompted students at Broad Creek Middle School to evacuate to Croatan High School, where they were dismissed at noon Thursday.

No injuries were reported.

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A 14-year-old student has admitted that a "suspicious device" thought to be a bomb at Broad Creek Middle School was actually meant as a hoax, investigators said.

According to the Carteret County Sheriff's Office, charges are pending against the 14-year-old boy, who was taken into custody but later released to his mother.

Deputies said the teen stored what appeared to be a bomb in a locker at Broad Creek Middle School in Newport, and bragged about it to fellow students. Those students then reported the device to school officials, said investigators.

The 14-year-old admitted to deputies that the device was meant as a hoax that was not intended for the school, according to the Sheriff's Office. Instead, the hoax was intended for a residential subdivision, investigators said.

The teen claimed he got the idea for the hoax from the internet, the Sheriff's Office stated. Charges are pending against the juvenile as deputies continue to investigate.

Bomb dogs from the Cherry Point Explosive Ordinance Disposal Team searched the school, and did not find any other devices, said deputies.

The scare prompted students at Broad Creek Middle School to evacuate to Croatan High School, where they were dismissed at noon.

No injuries were reported.

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A "suspicious device" found inside Broad Creek Middle School Thursday morning is not a bomb, investigators said.

According to Carteret County Sheriff Asa Buck, the device was discovered inside a locker at the school, located on N.C. 24 in Newport. Anyone looking at the object would think it was a bomb, said Sheriff Buck.

But Cherry Point's Explosive Ordinance Disposal Team sent a robot into the school and determined that the object is not an explosive device. There is no word on what the device actually is.

Deputies are questioning a student, the sheriff said. It's unclear if the device was for "malicious intent." No charges have been filed.

Tabbie Nance, the spokesperson for Cateret County Schools, said a student reported the "suspicious device" to Broad Creek's assistant principal. The Carteret County Sheriff's Office was then called to investigate, Nance said.

Deputies said a bomb dog was "alerted on the device,"  prompting bomb squads from both Cherry Point and the SBI to be called in.