Idaho School District Looks For Answers After 10 Bomb Threats
By Jessica Robinson
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.
Boundary County schools superintendent Richard Conley reads off the list.
Richard Conley: “Oct. 23, Nov. 5, Nov. 6, Nov. 12...”
Most of the threats were made on bathroom stalls. Conley says the last four threats alone came in March.
Richard Conley: “I've been in education for 41 years and I've never seen this.”
Police believe multiple students are responsible. None of the threats, however, turned up an actual bomb.
Richard Conley: “They're just kids being kids. 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.