Thomasville Police Cracking Down on Fake Bomb Threats in Schools

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Posted at 8:05 PM, Nov 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-17 17:16:17-05

THOMASVILLE, Ga. (WTXL) - Thomasville police are warning parents and students about the serious nature of bomb threats.

In the past two weeks, they've responded to four threats at schools.

Police are cracking down on finding students responsible for the threats.

So far, three people have been charged with making terroristic threats and that's a felony.

Police have to treat every threat seriously but they say students are acting up and wasting the department's time and resources.

The most recent threat was Wednesday at Thomasville High School. Threats pull in different resources from the city and county, including police, EMS, and fire crews.

Another incident was reported at Macintyre Park School. Officials were forced to dismiss students early to investigate empty threats.

Police are fed up with the pranks and warn that students will be in big trouble if it happens again.

Captain Maurice Holmes with the Thomasville Police Department said, "It really waters down the seriousness of it, when in essence, someone might just be in danger and you're pulling resources away or you have watered the resources down to the point where we're not responding as effectively as we should."

Police say one threat was on a day where they were responding to a bank robbery and a shooting at the same time.

The department says it's an unnecessary stretching of resources.

Police say they'll hold guilty parties accountable. If students are caught, they'll be expelled from their school.