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Filling a niche: Lawyers represent a particular type of client; those accused of bomb threats

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MILWAUKEE -- Two Milwaukee lawyers say they are filling a niche by representing a particular king of client -- those accused of making bomb threats.

Ted Neitzke, superintendent of West Bend Schools

Ted Neitzke, superintendent of West Bend Schools

"It's so disruptive to the learning environment and the community. Gets people nervous. Gets kids nervous," Ted Neitzke, superintendent of West Bend Schools said.

West Bend police said on May 3rd a 15-year-old female West Bend High School student was taken into custody after a bomb threat was made at the school on May 2nd.

Police said charges of "bomb scare" and disorderly conduct were being referred to juvenile authorities.

West Bend High School

"That's what they've see on TV. That's how we'll get a day off of school. You'll be on the news. It'll be funny," a Hartford mother named Cassie said.

Cassie

Cassie's 13-year-old son is facing a felony charge after a bomb threat was made to Central Middle School in Hartford on April 11th.

Cassie says her son scribbled a note and then slid it through an office window at Central Middle School.

Her son says he got the idea from a group of boys at a lunch table.

"The kids were talking about how they wanted a day off of school and they said somebody should write a bomb note," Cassie said.

Bomb threat to Central Middle School in Hartford

Bomb threat to Central Middle School in Hartford

Cassie's son now faces a felony terrorist threat charge under a new law in Wisconsin. He is also charged with "bomb scare" and disorderly conduct, and he has been expelled from school. He was allowed to pass eighth grade, but he cannot return to the Hartford School District.

Cassie says he probably cannot attend any other school in Washington County.

"You have a 'terrorist threat' charge, against you. This isn't gonna be good," Cassie said.

Central Middle School in Hartford

Central Middle School in Hartford

Hartford School District officials confirmed for FOX6 News that two boys were expelled due to the April 11th bomb threat.

Ben Van Severen with Meyer Van Severen

Ben Van Severen with Meyer Van Severen

"It's a problem right now in the community, and so we are a voice for the individual," Ben Van Severen with Meyer Van Severen said.

Meyer Van Severen, a Milwaukee-based law firm has started touting its talent in representing those charged under the new terrorist threats law, or bomb scares law.

"Sending a 16 or 17-year-old to prison for three years and that's it -- that's not gonna solve the problem," Van Severen said.

Meyer Van Severen representing bomb threat suspects

Van Severen says the firm's goal involves mitigating punishment and advocating for clients to receive appropriate follow-up services.

"We're looking at why are they making the threat in the first place? Are they being bullied at school? Are they being neglected by parents? Is there an issue at home? Or is there underlying mental health issues?" Van Severen said.

West Allis Central High School -- March 9th bomb threat

West Allis Central High School -- March 9th bomb threat

Bomb threat at Wauwatosa East High School

Bomb threat at Wauwatosa East High School

Students evacuated from West Allis Central High School due to bomb threat on March 7th

Students evacuated from West Allis Central High School due to bomb threat on March 7th

To those who question Van Severen's efforts, he said: "I get it. I get where you're coming from, but what if it's your son? What if it's your daughter?"

Van Severen said the firm receives fairly frequent inquiries regarding representation of bomb threat suspects every few weeks -- adding that the niche is there to fill.

6 comments

  • 2ECOND

    “To those who question Van Severen’s efforts, he said: “I get it. I get where you’re coming from, but what if it’s your son? What if it’s your daughter?””
    if it was my kid, they could face the charge. kids these days are out of control. people like to blame the parents, which in some cases is warranted, but, the government has started this mess by taking parents’ right to discipline their kid away. these attys are just slime balls that are out to make a buck.

  • head hunter

    when you have them caught red handed why would you need a little weasel to try to get them off? and then we wonder why these people are out doing more crimes, cuz some liberal judge will let them off, buisness is failing so this guys claim to fama

  • JokeEnthusiast

    Fox6now’s commenters are a self-righteous bunch. Everyone is entitled to defense with aid of a lawyer and the lawyer isn’t a slime ball for doing their job. You realize the justice system is set up for everyone right? Not just when it’s you defending yourself?

    I’m not defending the kid’s stupid actions. He’s an idiot.

    • Libsareliars

      The problem is we have to many lawyers in our society. Maybe if we had more engineers instead we would be a more powerful nation.
      Really a lawyer who defends little thugs who call in bomb threats? Maybe you need a dose of reality for a change.

      • JokeEnthusiast

        Yes, even “little thugs” like this kid deserves legal representation. That’s what a country built on laws does. Maybe you need a dose of reality? Or would you like a fast track to despotism? Because without a nation founded on laws, we are a nation founded on a despot’s whims.

        Libsareliars it sounds like you want to be judge, jury, and executioner.

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