Harold Wayne Hadley Jr., 19, was arrested after authorities matched his handwriting to the note found in the bathroom of the industrial services building. Said note claimed a bomb had been placed in the school library.
Officials immediately closed the library and the industrial services building and brought in a bomb-sniffing dog. A total of 11 agencies responded to the alleged threat, and each came up empty handed.
Hadley, who was scheduled to graduate in May, is now being held at the Jones County jail on a $20,000 bond.
Hadley’s family members have since stepped forward in his defense, claiming Hadley often uses the word “bomb” as a reference to bodily functions, not an explosive device.
“He was in the restroom doodling on some toilet paper and I am going to just let modesty go and tell you we are from the country, and so he calls passing gas, bombs,” said Hadley’s unidentified aunt. “So, he was doodling on the toilet paper and put I passed a bomb in the library, talking about passing gas and somebody come in and found it, give it to the teacher that recognized his hand writing and it blow all out of proportion.”
Officials have declined to reveal the contents of the note, but claim it was a bit more explicit than “I passed a bomb in the library.”