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Idle or not, police say school threats have consequences

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A hoax or practical joke could lead to a felony charge and even jail.

That's why school officials and local authorities are sending a message about the recent rash of school threats.

From a sheet of paper to writing on the wall, there have been several school threats here in Kentuckiana in the last couple of months.

Most have not been credible, but authorities want to make sure that students know even a practical joke could end with them in the hall of justice and eventually across the street at Metro Corrections.

The latest threats were made through note at Bernheim Middle School in Bullitt County and another scribbled on a desk at Louisville Male High School.

"I saw the news story first and then she actually contacted me, she actually texted me about the actual threat," said Rev. Tim Findley Jr., Male High School parent.

Rev. Findley's daughter is a freshman at Male, she sent him a text about the threat from school on Thursday.

"She let me know that there was a bomb threat but she was going to stay at school," said Rev. Findley.

Findley is a well known pastor of a mega church but you could say his faith was tested by the threat.

"You think about it, but you say, you know, you're going to school," Findley said.

In both cases, school officials determined the threats were not credible, however, there are still consequences.

"We take a hoax as seriously as we take a true threat," said Bonnie Hackbarth, JCPS interim Spokesperson.

JCPS officials say the last person caught making a threat was a Western High School student.

"We were able to track that student down, in this case, with the help of that student's family and that student was arrested for terrorist threatening," said Hackbarth.

"The facts were he was trying to do something to get out of in school suspension," said Jefferson County attorney Mike O'Connell.

O'Connell said even if it's a hoax or just a joke, the consequences could still be the inside of a jail cell.

"Well, you may have been kidding but, you know, we are going to let you cool your heels in secure detention until we find out all the facts behind this and it may not be so funny."

As a parent, Tim Findley is relieved the threat was fake; he is also glad there are consequences.

"I think there has to be consequences with these kinds of issues because it affects so many other people," explained Findley.

Right now, JCPS school officials are actively looking for suspects in the latest threat.

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