Sikh 7th-Grader Arrested, Spends 2 Nights in Texas Jail for Bomb-Threat Hoax

Armaan Singh
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An Arlington, Texas, seventh-grade Sikh student was arrested and spent a weekend in jail after being accused of carrying a bomb in his backpack.

According to the Dallas Morning News, 12-year-old Armaan Singh claimed that another boy, whom he calls a "bully," reported that Armaan had a bomb in his book bag and he planned to blow up Nichols Junior High School. Armaan was arrested Dec. 11 for making a terroristic threat, a felony in Arlington—which is near Irving, Texas, where Ahmed Mohamed, 14, was arrested after making a homemade clock.

Armaan, who, his family notes, has had three heart surgeries, spent two nights in juvenile jail and was ordered to wear an ankle monitor after being released, according to the Morning News.


"I was really scared, really nervous," Armaan said of his arrest.

Police officials told the newspaper that Armaan admitted to making a joke on Dec. 11 that his classmate could have perceived as a threat. The classmate had said that Armaan's battery charger looked like a bomb. The next day, Armaan reportedly went into "more detail on how he would actually blow up the school," according to Arlington Police Department spokesman Lt. Christopher Cook. The classmate told Armaan that he was going to report him, but the teen told the newspaper that he was joking.

"I thought it was a joke, so I started laughing and he started laughing," Armaan told the Morning News. "The next thing you know, I'm reading with my friend, and police come in, grab me and take me outside."

According to the Morning News, 16 students and a teacher were evacuated from the classroom and kept out until police determined that there was no bomb.


Armaan's parents told the newspaper that they didn't know where their son was after school and had to call 911 to find out that he was in custody. The family were also outraged to learn that their son spent nights with actual criminals because of a "joke."

"People have got to learn they cannot make these types of threats, which cause alarm, which cause evacuations," Cook told the Morning News. "Just because you say it's a joke, it doesn't get you out of trouble."


Cook also said that Armaan never told officers that he was being bullied.

Read more at the Dallas Morning News

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