Teen charged for bomb threat that prompts school evacuations

MARTIN COUNTY - Deputies have identified and charged a 16-year-old for allegedly making a bomb threat that prompted all schools in Martin County to evacuate Thursday morning.

According to the Martin County Sheriff's Office, 16-year-old Tyree Devaughtai Williams, of Williamston, has been charged with a felony count of making a false bomb report to a public building. His bond was set at $50,000 and he is scheduled to be in court on June 11.

The Sheriff's Office said Martin County Central Communications received a nonspecific bomb threat at about 8:05 a.m. Thursday for schools in the Williamston area.

Police and fire departments in Williamston and Robersonville worked with the Martin County Sheriff's Office to investigate.

As a precaution, all schools in Martin County were evacuated as authorities searched the outside and inside of the buildings, said Martin County Schools Superintendent Ron Melchiorre. But no bomb was found.

Classes resumed at about 9:45 a.m. Thursday for all students, said Melchiorre.

Investigators said they worked with Martin County Central Communications to pinpoint the location from where Williams made the call. The teen was later arrested and the phone used to make the threat was recovered.

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