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Chesterfield teen who found college bomb threat note now in jail accused of writing it

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Posted at 4:25 PM, Oct 09, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-09 22:59:30-04
Tiffani-Lynn M. Synnott

Tiffani-Lynn M. Synnott

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. — An 18-year-old college student who found a threatening note at John Tyler Community College’s Midlothian Campus Wednesday is now charged with making the bomb threat. Tiffani-Lynn M. Synnott, 18, of Bridgewood Road, was arrested on charges of threats to bomb or damage building.

“On Wednesday, Synnott pointed out the note to another student, who then picked up the note and turned it in to school officials,” a Chesterfield Police spokeswoman wrote in an email.

Both John Tyler Community College’s Midlothian and Chester campuses were evacuated after the note was discovered at about 8:30 Wednesday morning. All classes were eventually cancelled for the day. Nothing suspicious was found at either campus.

“The safety of our students and employees is always a top priority at John Tyler Community College, and we are grateful to the Chesterfield County Police Department for bringing about a quick resolution to this case,” John Tyler Community College president Dr. Edward “Ted” Raspiller said in a statement. “We also want to thank the Virginia State Police and the many other agencies who worked closely with our College’s emergency response team during the incident to ensure John Tyler Community College’s facilities are secure.”

Synnott is being held without bond at the Chesterfield County Jail.