8 bomb threats in 8 days; 3 students arrested


BRISTOL, Conn. (WTNH) — Two more bomb threats were reported Thursday at Bristol schools, making the total eight over the past eight school days.

The Edgewood School and later the Greene-Hills School were evacuated Thursday due to bomb threats directed at the schools. In both cases, a threatening note was found in the bathroom.

“One of my friends started crying and I asked her what was wrong and she said it was actually real and I got all scared and nervous and freaked out,” said seventh-grader Constance Schulze.

A 13-year-old Chippens Hill Middle School student was arrested Wednesday and police said two 10-year-old female students — one from Stafford School and one from Edgewood — were arrested today. Police say they are interviewing a fourth suspect and their parents.

Those arrested face felony charges of falsely reporting an incident and threatening. Additionally, police say they are considering terrorism charges.

“They may think it’s a joke, they may think it’s funny at the time,” Bristol police chief Thomas Grimaldi said at a news conference Wednesday, “but there are some very serious consequences to this.”

Police say the threats are not related. Some were called in, others scratched on bathroom walls or desks, or notes left behind in classrooms. All have been hoaxes at this point.

Late Thursday, hundreds gathered to hear how police and school officials are handling the threats. They were told suspects face felony charges and expulsion up to a year. Additionally, parents have to pay back the police and responding departments for their time.

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