Your Voice: Bomb pranksters need mental help
by Al Galaviz, Tracy
Apr 19, 2013 | 2700 views | 6 6 comments | 139 139 recommendations | email to a friend | print
EDITOR,

A few weeks ago we had several bomb scares at our local high schools. These bomb scares have left our young high school students scared and wondering, left the Tracy Police Department asking questions and trying to find these pranksters, left the parents angry and asking questions, and shows that our school officials are totally unprepared to handle this type of emergency.

They need to have better plans for notification of the parents and evacuation of students, teachers and school personnel.

Someone knows who did this, and they need to come forward and tell the Tracy police. This would not be a case of being a coward, but being a courageous person and speaking up.

This is way beyond being a joke, these pranksters who might turn out to be students at the high schools. When and if they are caught — before facing the legal issues of their actions that may cause them to face serious jail time — these students or pranksters need professional medical and mental help.

We as a community should demand that before any jail time, community service or fines, we need to see they get this professional help. Because pulling these bomb scares are not funny — they cost time and money. Needless to say, they upset everyone involved to no end and are downright scary.

When we find these students or pranksters we should arrest them and hold them without bail. Then Tracy police should immediately get a search warrant of their homes and search for guns, explosives and weapons.

This will be good insurance that we do not have another crazy person like Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter Adam Lanza, and that we do not have in Tracy what happened a few months ago at Sandy Hook.

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Christine95376
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May 26, 2013
When these pranksters are caught, they as well as their parents should be liable for the cost of the police department and any other agency that had to deal with the multiple bomb threats. Not to mention the complete disruption of work for us parents which led to lost wages. Kimble High has the worst evacuation plan I have ever seen and I hope this is being addressed.
LuckyInTracyNot
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April 21, 2013
I hope these 'bomb pranksters' get help or some sort of probation of jail time. They don't realize the seriousness of this stuff. Just take a look at the Boston marathon.

For the pranksters reading this. You can and should be held liable if you do this again and someone dies of fright, heart attack or dies or gets injured by a police car or fire truck responding to these stupid acts of yours. I think its called creating a incident where someone gets injured or dies, same thing when you are a drunk driver.

Someone (student or friend) knows who did this and you should do the right thing and 'tip line' the information to the police anonymously. Before someone gets seriously hurt or injured.

backinblack
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April 19, 2013
Gee, another person who doesn't get it. Pranksters? Try at minimum felons and at maximum terrorists.

Hey Al, you and everyone else who think a bomb threat is a prank need to bone up on the law. A bomb threat is a felony and depending on it's goal can be considered a terrorist threat.

It's quite sad that not even our inept king knows what makes up a terrorist threat as in reference to the attack in Boston he stated any act involving a bomb is a terrorists act. Um, sorry oh mighty ruler, you may want to bone up on the law along with Al.

"The FBI defines terrorism as:

The unlawful use of force or violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a Government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives."

By the way, an act doesn't have to be carried out to qualify as terrorism, a threat can be suffcient.

"a) A person commits an offense if he threatens to commit any offense involving violence to any person or property with intent to:

cause a reaction of any type to his threat[s] by an official or volunteer agency organized to deal with emergencies..."

cont...
backinblack
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April 19, 2013
You may recall in one of the articles about the bomb threats an official stated they thought in at least one instance the intent was to disrupt state mandated testing. Going by the legal definition and depending on all info available to the authorities that particular threat could be charged as a terrorist act. Oh yea, the same official indicated terrorism charges may be pursued.
fortheunderdog
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April 19, 2013
What legal source are you quoting?

"a) A person commits an offense if he threatens to commit any offense involving violence to any person or property with intent to:

cause a reaction of any type to his threat[s] by an official or volunteer agency organized to deal with emergencies..."



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