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Bomb threat found at high school

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For the second time this school year, a bomb threat was found in a Greenwood Community High School bathroom, and school officials and police hope to find whoever left the threat before spring break.

A student found a folded note in a restroom about 1 p.m. Tuesday that made a general threat against the building. The note mentioned a bomb, but not a specific time or date, assistant principal Todd Garrison said.

The scenario was similar to a threat found at the high school in September. During that threat, officials evacuated the high school, sending students to the football field while Greenwood and Indiana State Police searched the school.

After this week's threat was found, officials called police, sent an email to teachers and then made a general announcement asking staff to check their email. While students stayed in class, police and high school employees searched the school for anything they didn't recognize or that looked suspicious, Garrison said.

The search continued until the high school's 2:30 p.m. dismissal. No suspicious items were found in or outside of the building, and students' classes continued as usual without any interruptions. If something suspicious had been found, the school would have been evacuated, Garrison said.

School officials told students about the threat at the end of the day, and sent a notification to their parents, Garrison said.

School officials regularly review and update their responses to building threats so that someone considering making a threat can't predict how officials will react, Garrison said.

"Even though we didn't evacuate, it still caused an educational disruption," Garrison said.

This is the fifth bomb threat that's been made at a Johnson County school this school year. In September, two bomb threats were found at Whiteland Community High School, and a threat was also found at the Central Nine Career Center. Greenwood's first bomb threat in September followed the bomb threats made at Whiteland and Central Nine.  

Two Whiteland students were arrested for the threat made at their school, and last fall school officials had to candidly remind students of the consequences they'll face if they're caught making a threat against their building.

If a student is younger than 18 their case is typically handled through juvenile court. A teen who makes a bomb threat but who has never been in trouble before is typically given probation, counseling or community service. If the teen has a criminal history, they can be sent to a juvenile detention facility until they're an adult.

A student who is 18 or older will have their case handled in adult court. Threatening a school means a person could be charged with a misdemeanor or felony. If convicted, that student could receive anything from probation to between two to eight years in jail, depending on the specifics on the threat.

If the Greenwood student is caught, they can also be expelled from the high school. School officials hope to find the student before spring break begins on Friday, Garrison said.

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