Fairfax County police have arrested three West Springfield High School students on charges of making telephone bomb threats, and county authorities are seeking $14,128.66 in restitution from the family of one of the youths.
The bomb threats were made by telephone to West Springfield and Washington Irving Intermediate School in three incidents during the past two weeks. A school system source said the youths' identities were learned from other students.
The county is seeking restitution for a Nov. 20 incident that drew police, a bomb squad and firefighters to the high school and prompted evacuation of the building. A 14-year-old boy was charged with making the threat.
A second 14-year-old boy has been charged with two other telephone bomb threats, including a threat to the high school on Nov. 26, and a threat to Irving the next day. A 15-year-old boy also has been charged in connection with the Irving incident.
No bombs were found.
Because of the ages of the youths, the two 14-year-old boys have been charged with misdemeanors and the 15-year-old boy has been charged with a felony. All three students were released to their parents and await appearance in Fairfax Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.
In the most serious incident, police were summoned to the high school after school officials got a call about a bomb in the auditorium. After finding some loose wires in the auditorium, police evacuated the building and called the bomb squad and fire department.
West Springfield Principal Glynn Bates said yesterday the wires had been in the auditorium for years and had nothing to do with the threats.
Warren Carmichael, a spokesman for the county police department, said, "There are times when restitution is sought. This is one."