May 12, 2014
Greene County schools are dealing with a string of bomb threats that seem to have no end. There were several last week and another on Monday.
On Monday evening, a community forum at William Monroe High School gave parents and students a chance to talk with the county sheriff, superintendent and commonwealth's attorney about the problem.
At least 15 threats have been made this school year.
"Every time we get one of these bomb threats, the students, some of them, are anxious but most of them are just frustrated," said freshman Kayla Knight.
Parents have also expressed frustration with the lack of information investigators can release and how much class time their kids are missing when the schools are evacuated or simply out of fear.
"My daughter has been out Thursday, Friday and today because she's scared to come to school," said parent Brian Adams. "What happens if this kid gets bored and decides to take it to the next step?"
Sheriff Steven Smith says his staff is working tirelessly to help put an end to the threats and says he sympathizes with those affected.
"I do understand what they're going through. There's a lot of emotions and stress, but we just wanted to assure the parents and the children that we are doing everything in our power that they stay safe and we put an end to this," he said.
Since the threats began, security at the schools has been beefed up, the county has looked into possibly getting its own bomb dog and law enforcement has urged students to come forward with information.
"There's no guarantee it'll ever stop completely, but we'll just continue to do our job, and that's to try and catch the people who are doing it and keep your kids safe," Smith told parents.
Last week, one juvenile confessed to making a threat. Smith says there's reason to believe several people are contributing. He says most threats are coming from the bathroom, but would not elaborate because of the investigation.