Iowa teen face felony charge for school threats

Published On: Mar 29 2013 08:38:43 AM CDT
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PELLA, Iowa (AP) -

A 16-year-old girl has been charged with threatening to set off a bomb or incendiary device at a south-central Iowa high school.

Pella Police Lt. Shane Cox says the girl's Facebook post talked about planting the device and targeting a certain staff member at Pella Community High School.

Police took the threats seriously and have charged the girl with threat of arson, a felony.

No device has been reported found.

Principal Eric Nelson says the school has to take the threats seriously. But he also says the threats were not considered viable.

The girl is being held at the Central Iowa Juvenile Detention Facility in Eldora.

The Associated Press generally doesn't name juveniles accused of crimes.