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“It affects everything:” Bomb threats have life-long consequences; how one young man’s been impacted

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HARTFORD -- We hear often about bomb threats called into schools in southeastern Wisconsin -- but one thing we don't hear a lot about are the consequences that go along with making them. A Hartford mother is speaking out after her son was expelled from school for making a bomb threat in April. She hopes her son's case serves as a warning to others.


It has been a rough month for a mother named Cassie and her family. Her son was arrested and handcuffed, and her home was searched by police.

Her son is now facing felony charges, and his family must move.

"I want parents to talk to their kids. I want schools to talk to the kids about this," Cassie said.

Cassie shared with FOX6 News a copy of the note that has turned her family's life upside down.

Bomb threat to Central Middle School in Hartford

Bomb threat to Central Middle School in Hartford

"This is affecting his schooling. This is going to affect where we live. It affects everything," Cassie said.

It was April 11th when Cassie says her 13-year-old son scribbled the note and then slid it through an office window at Central Middle School in Hartford.

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.

Central Middle School in Hartford

Central Middle School in Hartford

Cassie says her son did it partly because of peer pressure and bullying and partly because he wanted to fit in.

"He slid it through a window and they all ran out the door and thought it was funny," Cassie said.

Three hours later, Cassie got a phone call. She needed to bring her son to the police station.

Bomb threat to Central Middle School in Hartford

Bomb threat to Central Middle School in Hartford

"He spent a night in juvie. I really think that was a good scare," Cassie said.

Cassie's son, whom FOX6 News is not identifying, 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.

Central Middle School in Hartford

Central Middle School in Hartford

"Altering your life isn't worth a day off school," Cassie said.

Cassie says her son deserves repercussions, but she feels a felony terrorist threat charge is harsh, given her son's age.

"Thirteen-year-old boys aren't thinking of anything past that minute," Cassie said.

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

Cassie thinks every boy who knew about this note should face the same consequences.

"You had eight kids who knew what was going on and nobody said anything," Cassie said.

The district administrator told FOX6 News he cannot release any information about the students involved in this case, but said they handle these things on a case-by-case basis.


    • Shavon

      Exactly! She wants others punished, but not him fully? He took an action that was a serious threat. How would she feel if someone else did that?

    • TakeResponsibilityForYourBadChildren

      Exactly Freddie. I also found it pathetic she’s making all sorts of excuses about peer pressure and nonsense. Maybe she should look at her own parenting skills as well? Funny how she didn’t mention that. She obviously hasn’t been doing a good job and hopefully this will be a wake up call, although the fact that she’s making all sorts of excuses, sounds like maybe not.

  • Leah

    If thr consequence is lessened because it wasn’t a “real threat” then other kids will think it’s ok to do this as a prank, or other kids with serious threats would cry “prank” every time they got caught. The consequences should stand. But, I agree, that if other kids were present and involved, then they should all receive the same punishment.

  • Pat

    The point being made is that the children and their parents should be educated of the consequences. How many parents and children are aware of what could happen should they choose to pull a prank of this nature? How many 8th graders are reading the law? The amount of time the schools have our kids are equally if not more than that of the parents. All should share the consequences of a child’s poor choice.

  • Michael Smith

    He’ll never be able to serve in the Military, Law Enforcement, or as a first responder, or hold any kind of job requiring a background check. Good for him. Maybe he’ll stop wearing his @$$ as a hat.

  • Derek

    Obviously, there should be some rough consequences. To charge him with a felony does seem like a lot. It’s really hard for me to support this kid being denied jobs in his 20’s because of something stupid he and his friends did when he was 13. Had the other kids not been involved, this wouldn’t have happened. I was once an awkward, clueless 13 year-old myself, and while passing a bomb threat is not something I would have ever done, I can see how a kid that age could be persuaded to do something like this.

    Everyone involved needs to face some sort of charge. With all the anti-bullying rhetoric these days, it’s a failure of uniformity to act as if they had nothing to do with this situation. Slapping them with misdemeanor charges and settling for community service seems ok, but this does little to deter future idiots. There’s a rock and a hard place surrounding this.

    • Teach your Kids Right in the First Place

      How do you know if the “other kids” weren’t involved this wouldn’t have happened? Do you have some personal insight or knowledge into the situation? Are you the kid’s parent making a feeble attempt to make excuses for your own lack of parenting skills? Because that’s all that is – excuses. When I was 13 I knew the difference between right and wrong and I knew if I did something wrong I was going to be the one to face consequences for my actions – friends or no friends present. Kids should be taught this from an early age and if they aren’t, well maybe the parent should bear some of that consequence as well.

      • Concerned

        I love how you respond as if you know the mind of every 13 year old who has made a bad choice. But reality he’s 13 an hopefully can learn from his mistakes. I know personally several police officers who were drug and alcohol abusers in their younger years but “grew up” .. I’m a counselor and I do believe he should be punished but to do so into his adult life would be a crime… BTW what is your expertise in the matter or are you someone who simply thinks justice comes without mercy…

      • Teach your Kids Right in the First Place

        Like I said “Concerned” I was addressing Derek above regarding the excuses that were made as to WHY he did what he did. I thought my post was pretty clear, but unfortunately leave it to a liberal like yourself to have reading comprehension issues and think the fact that they are a “counselor” has any bearing on anything (I have yet to meet a counselor that actually makes intelligent decisions in regards to children, I’ve seen many counselors make excuses for bullies and ‘brush off’ children with severe depression issues – I doubt you are any different). The kid obviously knows right from wrong, but apparently the consequences that go along with doing something wrong was not adequately taught to him by their excuse-laden parents whom seem to not want to take any responsibility on their end for not maintaining proper discipline or teaching the kid about the “Wages of sin” (I doubt they are Christian, which is unfortunate). Oh and I have an MBA but I don’t need to go touting around with it like you are attempting to do trying to prove anything since common sense is pretty clear in this matter, tootsie.

      • A Child of Our Lord Jesus Christ

        Mark 11:25 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”

        Matthew 6:14-15 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

        You are a pretty poor excuse for a Christian if you use the bible to justify hate towards a child. This boy may have done wrong, and deserve punishment, but don’t you dare use the Lord’s word to justify such disgusting rhetoric of hatred. Holding others’ failures in your heart is not Christ-like. Thinking that a child deserves to have their entire life permanently damaged because of a single indiscretion is unreasonable and I cannot accept that you imply that your behavior is in any way Christian.

        Shame on you.

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