People of Northwest Public Radio
Fri March 29, 2013
Idaho School District Looks For Answers After 10 Bomb Threats
Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 3:14 pm
A small school district in north Idaho is trying to figure out who's behind 10 bomb threats made since the beginning of the school year. The series of hoaxes has rattled the community, and caused huge disruptions in school.
Most of the threats were made on bathroom stalls. Boundary County schools superintendent Richard Conley says the last four threats alone came in March.
“I've been in education for 41 years and I've never seen this,” he says.
Police believe multiple students are responsible. None of the threats, however, turned up an actual bomb.
“They're just kids being kids," Conley says. "However, you can't ever think that's all it is. You have to act as if it may be real.”
Conley says all the evacuations and cancelled classes may require the district to extend the school year. It's also put a strain on the rural county's limited emergency services. Border Patrol and a Forest Service agent have at times been called in to help.
Two members of the community are offering an $11,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of students responsible.
On the Web:
Boundary County School District - official site