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UNIVERSITY PARK University Park police on Wednesday said a 16-year-old suspect is under arrest in connection with a series of bomb threats at Highland Park High School.

At a news conference, officials said the boy is charged with 17 counts of terroristic threats one for each incident. The teen's name is not released because he is a minor.

The FBI had been called in to help with the probe involving threatening notes and even gun shells found on the campus. The threats began on Jan. 16 and ended March 27. School was released early twice as a precaution during that time.

Police said they took the threats seriously and investigated them as such.

"We did not take this to be a hoax at any time," said University Park Police Chief Gary Adams. "We took these to be threats from the very first note that was found."

Many of the threats came in electronically, Allen said. During the news conference, the chief said the messages were sent through a sophisticated software system that encrypted the messages and made it difficult for even the FBI to crack.

Classes were dismissed early on multiple occasions as a precaution.

A $7,500 reward had been offered for information leading to a suspect.

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