Woman, 37, charged with making bomb threat at Hendricken

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Hendricken bomb threat suspect Janelle Blacklock

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — A Richmond woman is facing criminal charges as police allege she made a bomb threat towards Bishop Hendricken High School last month.

The private school closed down before the day even started on Dec. 5 after cafeteria workers found a note taped to a vending machine threatening “a bomb in 3 hours.”

Buses driving students to the school were immediately diverted and city police responded to investigate.

As a result of the investigation, police on Wednesday arrested Jannelle Blacklock in connection with the threat.

Blacklock, 37, was charged with bomb threats and similar false reports. Police said she was held for arraignment with a bail commissioner.

Rev. Robert Marciano, president of Bishop Hendricken, said in a statement Thursday that Blacklock isn’t employed by the school but rather its food vendor.

“We are grateful to the Warwick Police Department and their diligent work in apprehending a suspect in the recent bomb threat on December 5, 2018 at Bishop Hendricken High School. Our first goal is always to keep our students and staff safe. We appreciate their efforts every day in this regard. We will allow the legal process to go its course but fully realize that people make wrong decisions and mistakes.

“Ms. Blacklock is not an employee of the school but of our food vendor. On our part, our Gospel based and mission centered Catholic school allows us to forgive those who wrong us and to pray for them in their journey in life. Each day, at Hendricken we pray often, “Live Jesus in our hearts … forever”. It is at times like these that we have the opportunity to prove that we mean it. Ms. Blacklock and her family are in our prayers.”

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