Bomb threats not credible, Conley says
November 12, 2012
The number of bomb threats in Boundary County
public schools climbed another notch today as
another scrawled message was found in a restroom
at the middle school, forcing the fourth school
evacuation in as many weeks.
This one was discovered shortly before 1:30
p.m., scrambling emergency crews and law
enforcement and again disrupting classes until
the scene was cleared and students returned to
their classrooms at 2:38 p.m.
While comments made on Facebook within minutes
of the latest hoax clearly show a community
tired of what, by all accounts, appears to be
nothing more than a series of juvenile pranks,
no one is more frustrated than school
superintendent Dick Conley.
"We don't believe a credible threat exists, but
we still have to take every incident seriously,"
he said after today's scare. "Every indication
we have through every investigation points to
these hoaxes being nothing more than juvenile
While the bomb threats aren't credible, Conley
warns that the consequences of making the false
threats will be.
Specific information cannot be released as these
investigations are ongoing, but Conley did say
that those responsible, along with their
parents, are going to see some big and
"We will catch them," he assures, "and their
life will change in a hurry."
Under Idaho Code, making a false bomb threat in
a public place can bring up to five years in
prison, and the cost of the emergency response,
which is considerable, can be levied. It's also
possible that a charge of using or threatening
the use of a weapon of mass destruction can be
filed, which carries a maximum penalty of life
in prison and/or a $50,000 fine, with costs
added on top of that.
In addition to state charges, federal charges
can also be filed; charges can also be brought
against anyone who knew who was behind the
threats and failed to report it.
Conley said a letter to parents giving
additional information will be sent home with
students on Tuesday, and that letter will be
posted on newsbf as well.
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