Bomb Threat at Beaumont Middle School Proves Unfounded

A middle school student's loose talk prompted quick action by authorities at San Gorgonio Middle School on Wednesday.

An "inappropriate comment" about a possible bomb on campus made by a San Gorgonio Middle School student prompted quick action by school officials and police Wednesday afternoon, even though the comment turned out to be unfounded, police tell Banning-Beaumont Patch.

Beaumont Police Chief Frank Coe tells Patch the comment was made by an 11-year-old boy.  That boy apparently mentioned to another student the school was going to blow up at 3 p.m.  That student told his parents, who in turn informed the school, who called police.

"We contacted both the students," Coe said.  "The student that made the comment admitted that he was just being silly with his friend... There was no credible threat."

Coe said the police department still responded with full "kids with gun" protocol, searching both the school and the child's house to be absolutely sure there was no threat.

The boy "did not realize the ramifications of his actions," Coe added.

The school had an early release day, so class was not in session when police performed their search.  However, students still on campus for after-school activities were escorted off, parents tell Banning-Beaumont Patch.


_Alex20 October 25, 2012 at 06:35 PM
I have two kids of my own, therefore you stand incorrect, and if anything I teach my children to be honest and not lie. The cops did a great thing, that's obviously understandable but they could have at least have the curiously to remember that this was just a conversation between two little kids, and that someone needed to add a complete lie to it. As much as we are focusing on safety we should also focus on telling our children to be honest.
Washy October 25, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Eric Harris had an innocent conversation with another student that wasn't reported. That resulted in 15 deaths
Gene October 28, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Now we see why Banning middle school is better than Beaumont. Banning kids don't know how to make bombs. Go Nicolet. Also, the principal, is no longer there...Mr. Woods has been promoted and now the discipline and behavior goes down the tubes at Beaumont Middle Schools...
Sheri Davis October 28, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Sure Banning kids don't know how to make bombs. Banning USD test scores are worse that Beaumont USD, Banning schools are in physically worse shape too. Brian Wood was principal of only 1 Beaumont middle school - NOT both middle schools. Tyson Lingenfelter became principal of Mountain View Middle School when Vic Kezer retired. I have seen Tyson in action for myself, and he will NOT put up with any nonsense from the kids. Also, remember during the 2005-2006 school year, there were several students that had posted on MySpace that they were going to bring guns and knives to the high school (when it was still located where San Gorgonio Middle School - Beaumont USD - is now), and look where that got people. So, it doesn't matter the age. Kids find ways of being sneaky, lying, taking things to school that have no place at school period. I'd rather have my kids in Beaumont USD than any other school district. Period.
Desiree Backlund December 10, 2012 at 06:14 AM
Are there any common sense classes in the colleges that produce these genius educators. What do you do when you go home and find out your child has made a threat does that bring out the terror in your heart to call the national guard??


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