Police: March 7th, 8th bomb threats at West Allis Central H.S. cost the district $20K

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WEST ALLIS — West Allis police on Tuesday, April 12th announced two teenagers have been referred to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office for charging in connection with the March 9th bomb threat made at West Allis Central High School — one of three bomb threats to occur at the school over a three-day period. Police have also provided more information as it relates to the financial impact of the two other bomb threats that occurred on March 7th and 8th.

Police, after working collaboratively with West Allis-West Milwaukee School District officials, arrested a 15-year-old boy and his 17-year-old cousin — both from Milwaukee — for the March 9th bomb threat. The 15-year-old is a West Allis Central High School student. The 17-year-old is not a student at the school.

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

West Allis Central High School — March 9th bomb threat

These teenagers have been referred to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office for charges.

In a statement, police said:

“The school district will continue to advocate for waiver of juvenile offenders into adult court for bomb threats when this waiver is appropriate. As with the earlier threats and arrests, the district will also continue to pursue damages to recoup costs associated with the disruption school evacuations and closings cost.”

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

Below is a breakdown of expenses for the bomb threats on March 7th and 8th:

Lost Teacher Wages: $17,776.80

Food Loss: $1,087 on March 7th, $258 on March 8th

Food Service Additional Hours: $848 on March 7th, $185 on March 8th

Custodial Hours: $130.19 on March 7th, $86.79 on March 8th

Total Amount: $20,371.78 — for March 7th and 8th combined

West Allis Central High School -- March 8th

West Allis Central High School — March 8th

A suspect was arrested in connection to the March 7th and 8th threats on March 11th.

Police on March 15th said the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office issued two felony charges of “Bomb Scares” against the 16-year-old West Allis High School student in connection with the two bomb threats.

The 16-year-old was charged as a juvenile.

Milwaukee County District Attorney Kent Lovern said this in a statement to FOX6 News, as it relates to why this student was not charged as an adult:

Juvenile cases are waived to adult court based primarily on the serious nature of the charge.  Any prior record of the offender is also considered.   A Bomb Scare is the lowest level felony under Wisconsin law and, under most circumstances, would never qualify to be waived into adult court.

The school was evacuated on March 7th and 8th as a result of the bomb threats. On each of those days, law enforcement officials were called in — and students were moved to the field house on campus.

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

Students were eventually allowed back into the school building after it was determined there was no threat.

On March 9th, students were evacuated to Mount Hope Lutheran Church on 86th and Becher, and later sent home.

Classes were cancelled altogether on March 10th, so police and school officials could meet and determine how to handle this situation.

West Allis Central High School

West Allis Central High School

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2 comments

  • Michael Neils

    What about the loss of wages for the parents who had to leave work to come get their kids? What about transportation costs to do that? The buttheaded young people that did all this chaos need to WORK it off. Lots and lots of community service and service to the school. Scrub those toilets. Every time someone pukes THEY clean it up. Food fight? THEY clean it up. After games gym mess? THEY clean it up. Work baby work. Idle hands and idle minds. AFTER they serve a good week in a real prison-felony imo.

  • Liberals run public schools have no common sense

    With all of the threats, why haven’t trap lines been installed at each school in SE Wisconsin? I guess sometimes common sense escapes law enforcement and public schools. Calls like this ARE traceable, even if they are calling from a burner phone, the billing always leaves a trail – to the store that the card was purchased, then just check the security camera at the time/date and there ya go. It’s amazing what a lack of PI skills that the PD has these days.

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