Teen accused in high school bomb threat re-arrested after saying he wouldn’t attend court hearing to plead guilty

A teenager accused of making a bomb threat at his high school last year is back in jail after his bail bondsman learned that the teen was planning to skip out on an upcoming hearing where he will plead guilty, according to court records.

The Alachua County Sherriff’s Office re-arrested Reginald Javon Copeland Jr., 17, on Wednesday. He was initially arrested Oct. 6 last year over allegations he had sent a bomb threat to Eastside High, the school he was attending via Alachua eSchool, court documents said.

Copeland was scheduled to appear in the circuit court next month to plead guilty to making the bomb threat. His bail bondsman, Sam Wesley, said he was told Copeland was planning not to show up.

Wesley told the sheriff’s office that Copeland “planned to skip court.” Wesley said a situation like this rarely happens.

Copeland’s original bond was set at $20,000 but was doubled to $40,000 after he was re-arrested.

The bomb threat attributed to Copeland was one in a series of bomb threats that made to Eastside High last year. Copeland was ordered by the judge until his trial not to go near Eastside High and have no access to the internet or social media, according to court records.

Copeland was charged with making a false report concerning the planting of an explosive and sending a written threat to do bodily harm or kill. He was also charged with battery by a person detained in jail after punching and kicking a 13-year-old visitor on Oct. 9 of last year.


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