Nelson County Schools Close Early for Bomb Threat Investigation
Jan 9, 2013 02:51 PM EST
School is on for Wednesday in Nelson County, after a hectic Tuesday.
Now the Sheriff's Office wants to know who is behind a bomb threat in Nelson County High School, and the person responsible could be in big trouble.
Nelson County's school superintendent says administration discovered the written bomb threat inside the high school.
As a precaution, every school in the county was dismissed early. Investigators used bomb-sniffing dogs to search through classrooms and lockers. Investigators spent two hours searching the high school but say nothing suspicious was found.
Superintendent Roger Collins says students were briefed on the situation. Parents were also notified about the threat.
If tracked down, the culprit could face time behind bars.
"It is a felony so it could require someone to spend some time in prison. Being that they are possibly juveniles it could relate to detention time and then jail time once they're of age," said Billy Mays with the Nelson County Sheriff's Office.
Collins said, "We felt what was best for our community was to go ahead and send the students home today but the good news is nothing was found and school will be on schedule tomorrow."
The students were supposed to take Standards of Learning (SOL) exams Tuesday.
One investigator says he's seen similar threats made on test days. It comes down to spending time in class compared to spending time in prison.
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