05/12 Update: The Greene County Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest following another bomb threat Tuesday at William Monroe Middle School. This is the latest in a string of threats at both the middle and high schools. Sheriff Steve Smith would not elaborate on Tuesday’s arrest. There have now been a total of 16 bomb threats so far this year. The Greene County school system has been plagued by a slew of bogus bomb threats this year. Monday night, parents got a chance to share their concerns about the ongoing problem.
Greene County schools have had a grand total of 15 bomb threats this year - five just in the past week, the most recent being Monday.
Parents asked some tough questions Monday night about what is being done to put an end to all of this. They told the sheriff, the commonwealth's attorney and superintendent that they are scared for their children and want to know what's being done.
A student, Kayla Knight, also expressed concern. "We're really just wasting class time, so what do you guys have in place so that we can earn back this class time?" she said.
Many parents are concerned about the academic and emotional toll this has taken on the students. Others say they aren't sending their kids to school until they feel it's safe.
"When I tried to send my ninth-grader to school this morning her thing was she was scared. My 15-year-old daughter was crying, saying, ‘Dad I'm scared,’ and that's a problem for me because I can't look at her and say, ‘honey, go to school. I guarantee nothing is going to happen,’" said parent Brian Adams.
Since the most recent threats there has been increased security, but some parents say that just isn't enough.
According to the Sheriff's Office, the majority of threats were found written in the bathrooms or on notes - as opposed to phone calls - which makes it more difficult to track down those responsible. But they say they're doing everything possible to try to stop the threats.
"We just want to assure the parents and the children to do everything in our power to make sure they stay safe," said Sheriff Steve Smith.
The Sheriff's Office says one juvenile has confessed to one of the threats last week, but they believe they are dealing with more than one person.
Anyone with any information is asked to call the Greene County Sheriff's Office at 434-985-2222.
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