16-year-old charged in Feb. 6 incident at Gaston High School

A Gaston teenager was arrested Monday in connection with a bomb threat that brought law enforcement officers to Gaston Junior-Senior High School on Feb. 6.

Washington County Sheriff's Deputy Steve Hedin took Zachery Phillips, 16, into custody and charged him with disorderly conduct, a Class A misdemeanor, and initiating a false police report, said Sgt. Bob Ray, public information officer for the sheriff's office.

Phillips, a junior at the school, is accused of writing a note threatening the school with a bomb detonation two weeks ago. The note, which was pinned to Superintendent David Beasley's door that morning, read: "There is a Bomb on both campuses it will Blow when the time is right or when the schools are filled."

School officials called in sheriff's deputies who determined there was no danger to staff or students.

Interviews with students and school personnel led to Phillips' arrest, according to Ray, who said Phillips was released to his parents the same day.

"We keep them long enough to (finger)print and take their picture" before turning such cases over to the Washington County Juvenile Department, Ray said.

An investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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