Sheriff warns of consequences for reporting a false bomb threat


SIDNEY — Recent bomb threats in Shelby County schools have prompted the sheriff there to remind the public of the consequences of calling in a bomb threat to a school.

Shelby County Sheriff John Lenhart also encourages parents to sit down and discuss the consequences of issuing a bomb threat with their children.

Inducing panic is a second-degree felony with a minimum two years in prison. A person convicted of issuing a bomb threat may also be subject to restitution to pay for first responders and perhaps even school lunches that go unserved.

Students charged with reporting a false bomb threat are subject to expulsion from school, Sheriff Lenhart said.

Recently, a 17-year-old student from Lima Senior High School was sentenced to at least a year of incarceration and ordered to pay $10,048 restitution for calling in a bomb threat.

Security was stepped up at Anna Local Schools following a bomb threat issued there.