Hernando sheriff: Strong leads in school bomb threats

- Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis says investigators are working on some very good leads in a rash of disruptive bomb threats plaguing Central High School. 

“We’re relatively confident we’re going to get to the bottom of it,” he said Wednesday morning, but he called on parents and students to help by reporting anything suspicious.

The latest two bomb threats were called in Wednesday morning -- first around 7:30 a.m., and the second around 10:45 a.m.  He said investigators searched the school, and found both threats to be hoaxes, just as two previous bomb threats Monday and Tuesday.  

Nienhuis says all four calls came into the sheriff’s office either by 911 or the non-emergency line.

The threats and the disruptions are weighing heavily on parents and creating stress for students.  The sheriff assured them “we are putting a lot of resources toward finding who did this and holding them accountable,” but he said parents can help, “by talking to their children, and if their children know something, they need to let us know because someone could get hurt -- and of course, it’s impacting students, parents and teachers.”

The sheriff said he’s confident investigators will find the person or people behind the bomb threats, and when they do, the punishment will be severe.  

“We are going to hold this person accountable,” he promised.

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