Dayton student charged in school bomb threat

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DAYTON — A Dayton High School student has been charged for threatening to bomb the school.

Daniel Powell, 16, of 112 S. Sixth St., was charged Wednesday in Columbia County Superior Court with second-degree assault, intimidating a witness and threatening to bomb or injure property.

Powell was arrested Monday after a Columbia County sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to a fight at Dayton High School. The victim, who was taken to the hospital in an ambulance, reported that Powell assaulted him.

According to the probable cause statement, Powell was questioned after his arrest about the bomb threat because his name was on a list of students who other students suspected might be involved.

The list was submitted to deputies by Dayton Superintendent Doug Johnson.

Powell admitted he left a bomb threat note on the door of the high school on the night of Nov. 24, which was discovered the following morning.

In his written statement, he stated, “I wrote a note to try to get the school canceled for the whole week as a joke.

“The note threatened to blow up the school. I had no intention of blowing up the school. I did not have a bomb or plan on getting one.”

Powell also wrote a statement about the assault at school, which said he started punching the victim because the victim was spreading rumors about his involvement in the bomb threat.

Powell’s arraignment is scheduled for Thursday afternoon.

Rachel Alexander can be reached at rachelalexander@wwub.com or 509-526-8363.

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