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FYI FROM SEN. SHAUN-MICHAEL MALONE

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SENATOR MALONE VOICES INDIGNATION OVER RECENT BOMB THREATS; MET WITH EDUCATION OFFICIALS TO ADDRESS PROBLEM

April 4, 2003 – Senator Shawn-Michael Malone urges the community to become more vigilant in assisting law enforcement and education personnel in their efforts to apprehend the person or persons who are involved in committing these recent bomb threats in our schools.
"With the sensitive time in which we (the community) find ourselves regarding the present conflict in the Middle East," said Senator Malone, "it is unfortunate that such acts are being committed on a regular basis."
In the recent weeks, false bomb threats have disrupted classes at Addelita Cancryn Junior High School and at Charlotte Amalie High School. At a recent hearing of he Legislature's Committee on Public Safety, Judiciary, Homeland Security and Justice, Senator Malone inquired about the bomb threats at the Territory's schools. In response to Senator Malone's inquiry, officials from the Department of Public Safety acknowledged that there is no bomb technician on staff. When Asked what happens whenever there is a bomb threat, the response was that they evacuate the school and bring in a security firm equipped with bomb detecting canine to ascertain whether or not the threat is real.
In a meeting with education officials on Wednesday, April 2, 2003, Senator Malone and some members of the Legislature's Committee on Education and Youth, met to discuss the status of major policy initiatives currently being undertaken by the department. Among the issues discussed at the meeting, was School Safety and Security. The meeting revealed that the department has no security plan because it lacks the funds to do so. However, the District Superintendents remarked that they are going to explore the possibility of receiving funding from the Law Enforcement Planning Commission for school security.
As Vice-Chairman of the Committee on Education and Youth, it aggravates me that this senseless act negatively affects learning for our children at these schools," said Senator Malone.
Senator Malone further stated that the penalties for this crime are stiff and warns that minors could be tried as adults if found guilty. "The police department has been responsive to the threats, but the community can assist by being forthcoming with any and all information they may have," Senator Malone concluded.

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