Sheriff Clarke calls for bomb threat suspect to be waived into adult court

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Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke

MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke issued the following statement on Friday, March 11th regarding the arrest of the 16-year-old in several of the recent bomb threats made against area high schools:

“Four times over the past week, my Explosive Ordnance Detection Unit was summoned to West Allis Central High School and Wauwatosa West High School for bomb threat calls made to the schools. This caused a huge disruption as classes had to be suspended, which resulted in lost learning time, and caused anxiety and mental stress on parents who are rightfully worried about the well-being of their kids. I heard school officials and the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office in the media, talking about ‘how seriously’ they take this.

“Now it’s time to show us and those who plan to engage in this behavior how serious we really are. More times than not, this rhetoric becomes no more than an exercise in saber-rattling with no severe consequences handed out, and thus no deterrent effect on these threats.

“One way for the District Attorney’s Office to show how truly seriously they take this crime, would be to waive this 16-year-old into adult court, so that he will face serious consequences instead of the slap on the wrist that usually results when going through Children’s Court.

“I heard a member of the District Attorney’s Office in an interview say that they take this seriously and this type of crime could result in prison time. The juvenile cannot be sentenced to prison, nor will he face the public humiliation of having his name released if he is adjudicated in Children’s Court.

“When people actually start getting prison time for this crime, this behavior will cease. I will be watching this case closely to see how truly seriously the District Attorney’s Office deals with this, and I will keep the public posted.”

15 comments

  • idiots

    I never understood why there are juvenile courts vs adult courts. Crime is crime regardless of mental state. Others suffer because of the choices people make. There should be consequences that fit the crime. Plea bargaining needs to be harsher also. To cut costs in an overbooked court system they offer slaps on the wrist for punishments. This does nothing to stop criminal.

  • Mark

    ya know what…. The more I hear Sheriff Clarke speak on matters, the more I think he should be running the entire state. He appears to be the only one that gets it. Flynn could learn alot from him.

  • A yooper

    Right on all above. To do it once is a very bad choice call in again, pay the piper buddy. For sure adult court. Maybe do speeches on how those two very bad choices f–ked up my life.

  • MIKE O

    I WOULD SAY IT IS BETTER TO MAKE HIM HAVE TO PAY FOR ALL THE COSTS INVOLVED IN SEARCHING FOR HIM AND RESPONDING TO THE CALL BY MAKING HIM GET A JOB AND THAT WILL KEEP HIM OUT OF TROUBLE AND REIMBURSE THE AGENCIES INVOLVED AND IF HE DECIDED NOT TO ACCEPT THAT THEN PURSUE CRIMINAL ADULT COURT. FINANCIAL LOSS HAS A MORE EFFECTIVE AFFECT ON PEOPLE LIKE THAT. JUST DON’T LET HIS PARENTS BAIL HIM OUT. THAT SERVES NO PURPOSE AT ALL

    • guest81

      I would say good luck getting any money out of the little punk and nothing from his parent(s) either. If the parent(s) were involved in this loser’s life he wouldn’t have gotten into trouble in the first place. And good luck getting a job, and keeping that job – especially now that he’ll be expelled, with a criminal record, and without a high school diploma. You can levy all the fines you want against him, you’ll never see a dime. And this little stunt is just the beginning of his lifetime of crime and punishment. All that, just for a couple days off of school. smdh

  • JoAnn

    No. He’s a child, not capable of adult thought and repercussions. Don’t send him down a road from which his life will never recover. It’s just child foolishness, not terroristic. Taxpayers bear the brunt of this.

    • Mary Jane Uribe-obluck

      No no, I don’t believe he should be in adult Court, the kid is 16 years old there was no terrorist threat he had no one as a target. Should he be punished, as much as the kids in the 70′ s that pulled the fire alarms causing firetrucks and officers to come rushing. Oddly enough, those were done on nice days and disrupted the classes. It was a childish prank..not really thinking ahead, with the threats of today.If kids had cell phones in the 70 ‘s , it wouldn’t have been fire alarms pulled, calls like this would have been made. To ruin a kids life by jail, for this is extreme. An apology at an assembly to the staff and children. Written apology to the officers and work every weekend,15hrs week cleaning the firehouse and police station, running errands to Pick and Save for the firefighters.Then they wouldn’t have to take the trucks. I am sure he is regretful, since he is not being hailed for this, a lot of the children were not impressed or thought ‘cool’.All this justified anger and bashing on social media, I believe most we rethink the idea, before acting out.

  • Lily

    With all these law ads on the radio telling these kids “remember you’re only guilty if you’re convicted”, and “don’t say a word to the cops, no matter what” …. someone needs to look at the messages that are being sent ….

  • Gary

    Thanks sheriff Clarke you need to run for mayor of Milwaukee or Governor of Wisconsin and make our 2nd amendment our right to conceal and carry

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