Investigation of 8 bomb threats - 11/27/01
James City County Fire Department
Williamsburg James City Public Schools
James City County Fire Marshals assisted by the James City County Police Department are investigating eight bomb threats made against Jamestown High School since October of this year. The school was evacuated during each of the eight threats. The school was searched by Fire, Police, and Williamsburg-James City School System employees after each treat. No devices were found during any of the searches. Bomb threats were made on the 22nd, 23rd, 26th, and 30th of October, and 26th, 27th, 28th, and 29th of November. Some of the threats have been delivered in a written format.
Valuable instructional time has been lost as a result of the bomb threats, and plans are underway to add additional time to the school schedule. December 7th will be a full day for students at Jamestown High School. Extra make up days are also under consideration.
James City County Public Safely Agencies and the Williamsburg-James City County School Board regard the commission of these crimes seriously. Making a threat to bomb is a felony in Virginia. Juveniles may in some cases be tried as an adult in our court system for these acts, and can face imprisonment if convicted. Because of the seriousness of the crimes, and the negative effect that they are having on the community; The Williamsburg James City County School Board is offering a $10,000.00 reward for information leading the arrest and conviction of those responsible for these crimes. This reward is in addition to the $1,000.00 reward offered by Crime Line.
We feel that the key to solving these crimes are the students at Jamestown High School. Students or others that are interested in providing information that will bring an end to these bomb threats, and who prefers to remain anonymous and possibly collect a reward may call Crime Line at 253-8677. The James City School System also provides an anonymous hot line that may be called at 872-6535, when it answers press the “2” button.
The investigation is continuing at this time. Because the investigation of these crimes is currently underway, no further details are being released at this time.