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13-year-old admits to Perham bomb scare

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Detroit Lakes, 56501

Detroit Lakes Minnesota 511 Washington Avenue 56501

A 13-year-old New York Mills student is the suspect in a phoned-in bomb scare that shut down Perham High School for two hours May 13.

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Students were evacuated Tuesday morning, after a bomb threat was received at the high school offices.

Perham Police Chief Brian Nelson was interviewing the suspect by about 9:30 a.m. At about 10 a.m., after school staff and law enforcement personnel had conducted a physical sweep of the building.

"The kid involved was confronted, and he admitted it," said Nelson.

The call came in at 7:50 a.m., before many of the students had arrived. Staff were stationed at each entrance, and directed arriving students to the neighboring Perham Area Community Center.

EMS personnel, police, school staff, along with an Interquest canine (dog) searched the building and grounds. Nothing was found.

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