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Teen who called in bomb threat to Kamloops high school sentenced to 115 days in jail

December 02, 2019 - 5:22 PM

Through tears, a man who was arrested and charged for calling in a bomb threat to a Kamloops high school, apologized for his actions in Kamloops provincial court today.

Colby Joseph Adamson, 18, was charged after calling in a false bomb threat to Sa-Hali Secondary School on Friday, Sept. 20 causing a disruption to classes and sports tournaments.

Adamson appeared in court today, Dec. 2, to enter guilty pleas and for sentencing on the charges of mischief and uttering threats.

Court heard the circumstances of the bomb threat to the high school today.

On Sept. 20 at approximately 8 a.m., a Sa-Hali Secondary school staff member received a call from a cellphone from a man with a deep voice who stated there was going to be a bomb in the next 30 hours, according to Crown prosecutor Samantha Behling.

School officials advised police of the threat and officers tracked down a phone number and its accompanying address.

Police attended to a home on Tranquille Road and a young man answered the door and was questioned by police. According to this individual, the bomb threat call was made by Adamson, who he had been hanging out with the night before. He said he let Adamson use his cell phone regularly as Adamson did not have a phone of his own.

Police told the principal about the potential suspect and the principal told officers that other students had heard Adamson bragging about the bomb threat on the bus earlier that morning.

Adamson was subsequently arrested.

Adamson was denied bail shortly after he was taken into custody and has spent 70 days in custody at Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre.

When asked to speak in court, he said he was sorry for what he did and apologized for scaring. He also said his time in prison has been ‘scary’, he doesn’t want to go back and that he has learned his lesson.

According to his lawyer, Jeanine Ball, her client has been diagnosed with several mental health ailments including Tourettes syndrome, ADHD, anxiety and has an IQ of 56.

Judge Stella Frame sentenced Adamson to a total of 115 days in custody but he will only have 10 days left to serve after taking into consideration time he has already served.

"There is no greater threat you can make against a community than to harm its children," Frame said to Adamson.

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