A 12-year-old student in Chester County is facing charges for allegedly making bomb threats at school.

New Garden Township police said the 12-year-old is being charged in Chester County Juvenile Court with terroristic threats, threatening to use weapons of mass destruction and institutional vandalism.

The Kennett Middle School student's name was not released because of the child's age.

Police said officers were called to the Landenberg school several times over the past year to investigate bomb-related threats. The threats prompted searches and evacuations at the school, authorities said.

In one instance, on Sept. 30, officers responded to investigate a "nonspecific bomb threat" after the 12-year-old reported finding a threatening word on a wall in a bathroom, police said.

Then, on Oct. 10, the same student reported finding another threatening phrase.

Administrators questioned the child, who admitted to writing the threats, police said.

The student was charged this week, officials said, and is in the custody of parents. The child is not permitted on school grounds.

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