Bomb threat discovered at Wellington High School, administrators say threat empty, case of bullying
Some parents on edge not knowing if threat is real
11:31 PM, May 21, 2013
WELLINGTON, Fla. -- - In an age when no threat can be ignored as an empty boast, administrators at Wellington High School are telling parents a message threatening to "blow up the school" is really a twisted case of bullying.
School administrators said the threat was discovered by students on the wall of a bathroom stall on May 14 Whoever wrote it, said they would "blow up the school" on Friday, May 24.
Grandparent Cynthia Smith said she had no idea someone had threatened to bomb the school her granddaughter attends until a school email popped into her inbox.
"Well it could be just a prank. But then I thought, what if it's not?" said Cynthia Smith.
A letter from Principal Mario Crocetti was sent out to parents informing them of the threat.
The school said the threat was signed by two students.
"Everybody's saying, 'I'm not coming to school on Friday, I'm not coming to school on Friday.' So I think they're going to have an empty school on Friday," said Antorica Smith, who is a Freshman at Wellington High School.
The school has alerted police and insists there is no need to worry.
Administrators believe the "signatures" that accompanied the bomb threat are actually the names of two students who are being bullied at the school.
"If somebody is threatening something like that, even if it's just bullying, you never really know if somebody maybe wants to copycat that," said Fran Sherman, a Royal Palm Beach psychotherapist.
Sherman said the school most likely knows who wrote the threat. She said in this day and age of violence in schools, it is truly difficult in determining what is real and what is not real.
Cynthia Smith feels it is better to be safe than sorry. She said she is keeping her granddaughter Antorica home from school on Friday.
"Look at all these different massacres. After the fact they say, 'had we paid attention, we could have caught it.' I don't want her to be in that situation," said Cynthia Smith.
Calls to school district police were not returned.
The school has not commented whether it will have extra security on campus on Friday.