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Greene County Schools Get 4 Bomb Threats in 1 Week

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Greene County schools have had four bogus bomb threats in the last three days.

Greene County police say one juvenile has confessed to a bomb threat that happened Thursday at William Monroe High School. Police say they also have a suspect in another bomb threat that happened Friday morning at the middle school next door. The investigation is ongoing for the other two threats this week.

There have been more than 10 bomb threats just this year in Greene County schools. Now, parents are angry and they say they’re not even sure whether they want to send their children to school at this point.

“Sometimes I say Camden don't even go to school, because you're just going to sit there and do nothing,” said Shelley Ward, a middle school parent.

Ward says at this point, she's not sure it's even worth sending her son Camden to school.

“Not knowing what to do, what to pack, whether to send your child to school, and now I'm standing over here in the heat waiting to see if my child can be released,” said Ward.

Ward was among the parents outside William Monroe Middle School Friday morning trying to pick up their students after they'd been evacuated for a bomb threat.

“You don't know if it's safe to send your kid to school or not and it's definitely unfair to the staff and the kids,” said Ward.

With temperatures rising, police moved the students from the middle school over to the high school so they could at least be in air conditioning.

William Monroe High School has been the target of bogus bomb threats as well this week - one on Wednesday and two on Thursday right after Greene County Sheriff Steve Smith spoke to students warning them that major punishments are on the way for whoever's making the threats.

“It's disruptive to everyone, the children, they get tired of it, their classes...the teachers, the whole school system,” said Smith.

Superintendent Andrea Whitmarsh was busy dealing with Friday morning's bomb threat but she released a statement to NBC29, saying, "We are deeply concerned and frustrated. Our top priority is student safety, and each threat is taken seriously."

Ward also had a message for the person behind the threats.

“If you don't want to go to school then stay at home, because you're taking valuable lessons and learning away from children who deserve it,” said Ward.

The Sheriff's Office and school officials have scheduled a meeting with parents. The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. Monday at the William Monroe High School Performing Arts Center.

Geene County Public Schools Press Release

Earlier this week, William Monroe High School experienced 3 bomb threats, and William Monroe Middle School had a threat today.

During this school year to date, these two schools and our technical education center have had a total of more than 10 threats.

We are deeply concerned and frustrated. Our top priority is student safety, and each threat is taken seriously. Working with local and state law enforcement, we are doing everything in our power to bring these threats to a swift resolution.

We greatly appreciate the support and patience shown by our parents, students & staff during this difficult time for our school community.

Anyone with information regarding these recent threats is encouraged to please contact the Greene County Sheriff’s Office at (434)985-2222.

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