SOUTH ABINGTON TOWNSHIP — An Abington Heights High School senior was arrested Monday and accused of phoning in a bomb threat to the school.
Police said he phoned in the threat because he didn’t do his homework thinking there would be a snow day today.
At least that was the excuse 18-year-old Kullen Hosier of South Abington Township gave police when they tracked him down in a classroom during school Monday. Police said bomb threats like the one Hosier is accused of making are becoming all too common and the people who make them are rarely caught.
This time, police said they identified Hosier from surveillance video.
Abington Heights High School senior Kullen Hosier started his Monday presumably stressed out. He told police he was afraid he was going to flunk a class. He ended his day in handcuffs and facing a felony charge.
South Abington Township Police said an employee at Abington Heights High School took a call from a male saying a bomb in the school would explode around 9:00 am. At that point, police locked down the school and did a sweep. That turned up nothing.
“It becomes very manpower intensive, and it costs a lot of money, it costs taxpayers a lot of money for something like this,” said South Abington Township Police Chief Robert Gerrity said.
Gerrity said people who make unsubstantiated bomb threats are rarely caught. But in this case, police caught up with their suspect in under two hours.
According to court papers, the bomb threat call traced back to a payphone near Clarks Summit. Nearby security cameras caught the image of the caller and his license plate number. Police then found that car parked in the student parking lot at Abington Heights.
Police called Kullen Hosier out of class and said he admitted to making the threat because the weather had let him down. Hosier said he counted on a snow day to finish his homework so he wouldn’t flunk a class.
Police said the terroristic threats Hosier is accused of making are much more damaging than a failing grade.
“This young man now faces a felony charge which can certainly impact his entire future. We just want to remind people that this is not a joke, that if you do something like this and you are caught you’re going to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Chief Gerrity added.
Kullen Hosier was charged with making terroristic threats, a felony, along with misdemeanor charges of causing false alarm and disorderly conduct.
He was arraigned on those charges this afternoon at the Lackawanna County Courthouse.