Apr 25, 2013 7:49 PM by Andy Koen

False bomb threats wearing on emotions at Vista Ridge HS

COLORADO SPRINGS - It's been happening too often. Students at Vista Ridge High School were evacuated again Thursday after another false report of a bomb threat. The incident follows an identical situation at the school Wednesday and another reported threat here last Friday.

As school administrators learned of the newest threat during the lunch hour, they gathered the student body together on the soccer fields.

"Some kids were crying saying there was going to be a bomb happening but most of the kids didn't believe it and they were just happy that they didn't have to go to their sixth or seventh periods," said 10th grader Alexis Sands.

"It's crazy," added Everett Pia, a freshmen. "I'm kind of scared to go back to school now."

Members of the Colorado Springs Police Department Bomb Squad and K-9 units spent roughly three hours searching building after an anonymous tip from the Safe-to-Tell hotline warned of a bomb inside. Their search turned up empty.

"It's unfortunate that this has to impact their time in the classroom but, again, school safety is that top priority," explained District 49 spokesperson Stephanie Wurtz.

After going through evacuations for two days in a row, some students and even the police are growing skeptical.

"I feel like after the Boston thing that happened, I think that's just people pulling pranks on us," sophomore Lauren Esparza said.

"It's not fair to the students here, it's not fair to the staff here," added CSPD spokesperson Barbara Miller. "But we have to do everything we can in our power to make sure that the area is safe."

For parents like Donna Hack, the emotional roller coaster has become frustrating.

"With the Boston bombing recently, you know what goes through a parents mind," she said.

If the threats are part of a prank, the person responsible could be facing criminal charges. A woman in Florence was sentenced to 4 years of probation, 200 hours of community service and fined $100,000 following a false reporting conviction in 2006.



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