Police Search For Second Suspect In Bomb Threats

By: Lisa Ferrari Email
By: Lisa Ferrari Email

May 8, 2007

Even after one student is arrested, the bomb threats continue in Madison County. Now police say they are on the trail of a second suspect.

With a total of seven fake bomb threats at three Madison schools in the last few weeks, residents are fed up. They said it needs to stop, and there should be some real consequence for whoever is behind these threats.

"These kids need a lot more discipline," said Madison County resident Christopher Owens. "It's wasting everybody's time and people are running around scattered around."

"The whole thing instills anxiety. There's nothing anyone can do," said Madison resident Richard Carpenter.

While it may seem hopeless to residents, investigators have made progress, charging a 16-year-old girl with two threats, but they said there is at least one other suspect out there.

They know this because while the girl arrested was in court, another written message was found in the bathroom of the middle school Monday. Once again, local and state law enforcement evacuated the school.

"They can't afford to take the risk that it isn't a real threat," said R.J. Pinto, a Madison resident.

And once again, it turned out to be a fake, the message similar to all the rest.

"Anywhere from bomb threat to bomb today and the word bomb is always mentioned," said Madison County Sheriff Erik Weaver.

The schools are now monitoring the bathrooms, keeping a list of who is going in and out.

"Our concern is the safety of the children," said Weaver.

"It's a very frightening thing. I understand that the prom is going to happen in Charlottesville instead of the local high school. Clearly, people are very worried," said Pinto.

Parents are so worried they have put together a $1,250 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction. Anyone with information can call the Madison County Sheriff's Department at 540-948-5161.

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