JAY – A Grove man accused of making a terrorist threat in connection to a bomb threat hoax called into the Grove High School campus is scheduled to enter a plea on January 28, court officials said Monday.
Michael Shane Long, 34, is charged in Delaware County District Court in Jay with making a terrorism hoax, a felony.
Grove school officials said two juveniles were suspended because of the incident.
Long confessed to authorities that after receiving a text message from one of the juveniles he went to a payphone and called the school to tell them there was a bomb in the school, according to an arrest affidavit signed by Det. J.R. Highley, a Grove Police officer.
The juvenile told authorities the reason behind the bomb threat was because he wanted to get out of class, the affidavit states.
The juvenile who planned the hoax said he got the idea off an MTV show, according to the affidavit. Long told authorities the juvenile was making plans about the bomb threat hoax the night before the incident, the affidavit states. He also confessed to knowing the bomb threat was a hoax or a “joke” when he made the telephone call to the school, the affidavit states.
Currently Long is on probation. According to court records Long was convicted in 2003 of larceny and received a five-year suspended sentence. In 2006 he was convicted of domestic abuse, assault and battery and served five months.
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