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Perry: Parents need to be held more accountable for school threats

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Levelland Middle School spent hours in lockdown this week due to back-to-back threats. According to Levelland Chief of Police Albert Garcia, they received information from the school district that they had located a note in the boys bathroom saying that there was a bomb that was supposed to be detonated at three o'clock that afternoon. The police took custody of a 15-year-old student for that prank. 

On Friday another 15-year-old was taken into custody for a false report of a bomb threat at Levelland High School. The extra resources needed for these resources cost taxpayers thousands of dollars. Sheriff of Hockley County Ray Scifres broke down the ultimate cost of activating bomb threat resources.

 "When you're talking about sheriff's office, and police department, and fire department, and then calling in specialized units from outside the county, you're talking thousands for that kind of response," Scifres said. 

Charles Perry, Texas State District 28 Senator believes that the issues around this stems from parenting and the parents need to held more accountable. 

"This is a continuation of social media and the lack of parenting at some level. If the kid's a minor, then the parent has to sign off for the kid to have an account. If the parent signs off saying they're ok with it, it gives them some accountability factor," Perry said. 

Senator Perry also believes that along with harsher punishments, kids need to get a more in depth mental evaluation. 

"I do think a three day suspension is not enough. I think you have alternatives. If this kid has other issues, this could be a sign for deeper issues. So you have to have the kid on a unique path to study what's going on in that kids life, what's going on in his mind," Perry said. 

Garcia said bomb threats that displace entire schools can be prosecuted as a terroristic threat a third degree felony
that carries a penalty of two to ten years in prison, and up to a ten thousand dollar fine. 


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