School district sends out statement about bomb threats at Buchholz

Press release from Alachua County Public Schools

Today Alachua County Public Schools sent this statement to Buchholz High School students and families:

After conducting a sweep of the campus, law enforcement has confirmed that today’s bomb threat at Buchholz High School was another hoax. It is the third false bomb threat at the school since August 19.

The district is collaborating with the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office as it investigates. Because this is an active investigation, we cannot provide any more specific information about the threats, but we will certainly keep you posted if, and hopefully when, those responsible are identified.

Anyone who calls in a bomb threat faces stiff penalties from the school district AND the criminal justice system. Under Florida law, a false bomb threat is a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Any student caught calling in a bomb threat will be immediately recommended for expulsion. Obviously, a fake bomb threat can permanently affect the caller’s life. It is definitely NOT a joke.

We’re asking all students, family members, or other citizens to immediately share any information they may have about these threats with school administrators and/or the Sheriff’s Office at (352) 955-1818.

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Tips can also be left anonymously with Crime Stoppers at (352) 372-STOP. Crime Stoppers pays up to $1000 for information leading to an arrest, and those providing the information do not have to give their name to receive the award.

Bomb threats cause serious disruptions and create a lot of anxiety for students, families, and staff. They also divert law enforcement resources from other priorities. We take them very, very seriously.

We appreciate your help in preventing future threats and keeping Buchholz High and all our schools running smoothly and safely.