Reward Grows for Information on Bomb Threats to Greene Schools
GREENE COUNTY, Va (WVIR) -
A reward for turning in people who are behind bomb threats to Greene County Public Schools is growing larger thanks to community members who want to pitch in and put an end to the class disruption.
The Greene County Sheriff's Office initially offered $500 Wednesday for any information leading to the arrest or conviction of those responsible for the threats. According to the Sheriff’s Office official Facebook page, the reward has tripled Thursday thanks to donations from the community. According to Sheriff Steve Smith, the pot is now up to $1,750.
Smith says they posted the notice about the reward in an effort to speed the process of finding an answer to what is a growing problem. Smith says there have been seven bomb threats in county schools in the past few months. He says if the people involved don't realize how serious their actions are, this response from the community may help send the message.
"When we put the reward out there, I had no idea that the community would want to jump in and help the way that they have, and I'm very appreciative of that. It just goes to show that the community is concerned about this also,” said Smith.
The latest bomb threats happened Wednesday and Thursday at William Monroe High School.
Calling in a bomb threat is a class 5 felony and is punishable by up to 10 years in jail. Smith says it may also result in paying restitution to the schools.
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