COPY-Students could face charges in threats to school

By Holly Brantley - email

POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS) - An adult and a juvenile student could face charges as early as Thursday for making threats to the campus of Poplar Bluff High School.

"Monday afternoon I get a call from my high school principal that we had a student write something on a bathroom stall," said Superintendent, Chris Hon. "The message was there will be a threat a bomb threat."

That was the first of two threats. Hon says leads directed them to a student who was removed from campus, and extra police were brought in. Then on Tuesday, it happened again.

"Unfortunately we had another student who got caught up in the excitement and wrote something else on a bathroom stall. Actually, there was a name attached to it and through investigation we found out the name attached to the threat couldn't have done it. So investigators followed leads until they figured out who the person involved with the second threat actually was," said Hon.

Again, that student, this time a juvenile, was removed from campus and police stepped up security.

"At that time I sent out an email to high school parents and also to the staff and posted a letter on the web site," said Hon. "We want to make sure our parents were getting the facts."

Hon says investigators try to do the best they can to protect students without giving the suspects the attention they are possibly after.

"It's a delicate situation," said Hon.

"This is not a harmless threat," said Jeff Rolland with the Poplar Bluff Police Department. "There will be severe consequences for these actions. It costs the city and tax payers a lot of money and we will make sure they are held accountable."

Both threats turned out to be bogus, but Superintendent Hon says they will investigate to keep students safe in any situation.

Meanwhile, Rolland says they expect students to face charges as early as Thursday.

"In the first case the student is an adult. In the second case we're dealing with a juvenile."

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