One student charged in Thomasville bomb threats
THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - Another bomb threat was reported Thursday at a city school in Thomasville.
Thomasville PD said a 16 year old girl was charged in that bomb threat. She will go through the juvenile court system.
The girl told officers she wanted to get out of school early.
"Well its a big problem because it takes up a lot of resources from law enforcement," said Capt. Maurice Holmes, TPD.
Four bomb threat calls, in one year, and so far no bombs or threats have been found.
Police said these pranks are becoming a bigger problem in Thomasville.
"We need to make sure that we educate students at the importance of not fabricating these type of situations," said Holmes.
A lot of officers had to respond to the threat as they do every time one is reported.
Although students didn't realize at this time that there was also a bank robbery and a shooting in the city limits.
"You're tying up not just resources from law enforcement in the city, but other areas such as Valdosta and other cities," said Holmes.
Valdosta is the closest police department to Thomasville with a bomb detecting K-9.
That officer who responded had to turn on emergency lights and get to the school as fast as possible, from 40 miles away.
"They could be facing a 10 year minimum sentence in a federal prison for making these kinds of threats," said Holmes.
As harsh of a punishment as that seems, police said they aren't taking this lightly.
"And particularly when it comes to explosives and devices and anything of that nature, because this day and age its extremely serious and terrorist acts are prevalent in this world," said Holmes.
It also costs the school, they have to adjust schedules and provide transportation to evacuate.
It's an important lesson that something students may think is just a prank, really adds up with time, resources and money.
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