District 186 parents fed up with repeated bomb threats
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WRSP) —
Bomb threats number seven and eight were called in Tuesday at District 186 schools.
District 186 spokeswoman Bree Hankins said the call came in right before 11 a.m. at Springfield High School and Grant Middle School.
Both schools were evacuated so police could search the grounds.
Many parents decided to pick their students up early.
Joseph Cook, who has daughters at both Springfield High and Grant Middle, said it’s the third time this year he’s had to pick his daughters up following a bomb threat.
“I’m hoping that these kids will stop doing this and grow up a little bit and realize they’re going to ruin their life, “ Cook said. “You’re messing with your future for a little prank to get one day off school for no reason.“
Hankins said both schools were given the all clear within two hours of the threats being called in.
Students that were not picked up went back to class and afterschool activities went on as planned.
According to the Sangamon County State’s Attorney’s office, making a false bomb threat is a felony punishable by up to five years in prison, a $10,000 fine, up to 120 hours of community service, and a judge may also order a convicted person to pay all fees for emergency responders.