SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - A rash of bomb threats written on bathroom walls in Suffolk schools has not caused buildings to be evacuated, or interrupted instruction, but lock downs have taken place during investigations by police and fire crews.
"It's very disturbing to be a parent and have to worry about your child while they're in school. It's terrifying," Jennifer Sorensen told WAVY.com.
Since April, crews have responded to 12 calls. More than once, they were called to John F. Kennedy Middle School, King's Fork Middle School, King's Fork High School, and Lakeland High School.
Sharlene Elliott is the parent of a King's Fork Middle School student.
"I have an 11-year-old son that goes there, and I feel safe and secure. I believe they'll let us know if something dangerous happens," she said.
On Tuesday, a school resource officer at King's Fork Middle School discovered a written bomb threat on a sixth grade boys' bathroom stall.
"I think kids are being mischievous, and I really trust the school system and the security they have in place," Elliott said.
A student caught making such threats could get kicked out of school and face criminal charges. Authorities ask anyone with information about the threats to call the Crime Line at 1-800-LOCK-U-UP.
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