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.


Lifer in Bmt. October 25, 2012 at 11:44 AM
Make the kid wash the sidewalks with a toothbrush
Carl Booth October 25, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Give that kid 10 years of "time out."
Dex October 25, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Alex....grow up. Thank God for the police and them taking a precautionary position on this event. All too often we hear of student going berserk and killing/hurting/shooting other innocent bystanders. And all too often it turns out someone had noticed or heard something that could have been a tip-off to police, but that information goes untold. Unfortunately, we now live in a society where we almost have to be a little paranoid about these type of things. Thank goodness for a police force that is willing to risk their safety to investigate matters like this, no matter how silly you think it might be. Your brother needs to have a good long talk with a responsible parent, and maybe he needs to lay off the video games for awhile. THANK YOU BEAUMONT POLICE, and to the kid who was observant enough to notify the school.
dmgtatu October 25, 2012 at 03:43 PM
I agree with DEX, maybe alex need to be talked to about these situations too. I'm glad another student over heard n reported it. This is a serious matter n should never be taken as a joke.
Charles Ferrell October 25, 2012 at 03:54 PM
One fairly dumb but several very good decisions were made in and around San Gorgonio Middle School on Wednesday. Some 11-year-old kid apparently said a dumb thing, about a bomb set to blow up the school around 3 p.m., to a friend. Yes, that was dumb. However, the friend did a good thing and told his/her parents, who also did a good thing and told the school. School officials did a good thing by evacuating the school (yes, bombs have been known to have really gone off, so all threats, even "dumb" ones, need to be taken seriously) and calling the police, also a good thing. The end result was also good: No bomb. One dumb thing followed by several good decisions. Oh, the Patch needs to be included in this conversation. When I turned to this site Thursday morning, I saw the story I was hoping to find. Good job, Patch.
Dex October 25, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Your statements add validity to the fact that you are not a parent, and that you are not "grown up". You have no idea what it is like to worry about your children. Whether it was a lie, a joke, whatever....the police were fully justified in treating this like a serious matter. Obviously you do not read the news, and understand how many times it has been reported of kids getting ahold of guns and other devices because they were curious or were bullied to the point of doing something about it. If the police had valid cause to come to my front door because of something, I would cooperate, be patient, and let them do their job. You could not pay me enough to do the job that cops have to do daily, and all you do is complain about it and whine about being harassed. It may have been obvious to you that the story was distorted, but how in the hell would the cops know that? Feel free to come back to this discussion after you have kids of your own, and know what its like to worry about them 24/7, everyday of your life.
_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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