Arrest made in West High School social media bomb threat

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MANCHESTER, NH – An arrest was made early Wednesday in connection to a bomb threat made at West High School Tuesday via social media.

A Manchester School Resource Officer alerted investigators of a social media post regarding a bomb threat at West High School around 5 p.m. Tuesday. Investigators worked in conjunction with the West High School principal and school administrators to identify and apprehend the person responsible for the threat.

Several bomb detection dogs from the Manchester Police Department, Nashua Police Department and Salem Police Department cleared the school to ensure the safety of the students, faculty and staff. Investigators from the juvenile division charged Benjamin Dumont, 18, of Manchester, for the threat. He was identified as a former West student.

Detectives completed an arrest warrant for criminal threatening and arrested Dumont at his Joliette Street home around 1:45 a.m. on Nov. 28. Dumont was taken into custody without incident and released on bail. He is scheduled to appear in Hillsborough County Superior Court-North on December 13, 2018.

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