Gilmer County High School Bomb Threats Worry Parents
Written by Nicole Porter
Last updated on January 10, 2013 @ 8:27PM
Created on January 10, 2013 @ 6:33PM
Three times recently the students of Gilmer County High School have had their school days cut short because of bomb threats. Every time, they're escorted off campus and not allowed to return until state police clear the building. Now, parents are worried for their children's safety and they want the culprit to know this isn't a funny joke.
"It's very traumatic that they all have to go through this. And they walk from the high school clear over to the college," described mom Lori Pritt.
While the students are being moved, state police come in to check the building. When it's all cleared, students are allowed to come back to get their belongings.
"My kids don't really take it that seriously. You know, they want to go to school and it's not a really big deal to them. They think it's just a prank," said Leisa Junkins, a mother of a boy and girl at the school.
This is all having a very different effect on other students.
"She's actually stayed home a couple of days. Today being one of them. She doesn't like to go to school because she hears whispers of more bomb threats and it's very discerning as a parent," Stacy Nelson said about her seventh grade daughter.
The parents are very worried about their kids' safety and their education which is being disrupted when these threats are being written on bathroom stalls.
"It's not really a prank. The child that's doing it may think it's a prank but it's very serious," said Junkins.
"If they are thinking it's a joke, they really need to sit and reconsider what they're doing because in my opinion it's a federal offense, it's an act of terrorism. They're terrorizing the students, they're terrorizing the parents, the teachers, the staff. They're terrorizing the community as a whole," said Pritt.
While the parents trust the school officials and police, they would like to have a community meeting.
"Somebody might be able to step forward and say, 'You know what. I know who's doing this.' And just by putting the clues together, let the community get involved. They may be able to solve this," said Nelson.
The moms told me some people are offering rewards on Facebook for information about the bomb threats.
If you have any information, call the West Virginia State Police Gilmer County Detachment at 304-462-7101.
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