Threats disrupt classes at 2 Kauai high schools

Published: Sep. 30, 2019 at 2:45 PM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Threats of violence disrupted the school day at two Kauai campuses Monday, and authorities say they’re investigating.

The scares happened at Kauai and Waimea high schools.

At Waimea High, students were dismissed early ― at 12:30 p.m. ― on a day that should have ended at 2:45 p.m. following a bomb threat.

Students at Kauai High, meanwhile, were put on lockdown about 12:55 p.m. after an alleged threat involving a gun. The lockdown was lifted at 2:20 p.m., and students were dismissed 25 minutes early.

In a statement, an Education Department spokeswoman said that all threats to schools and students are taken seriously.

“Terroristic threats are considered Class A student conduct offenses. Penalties can range from detention to dismissal with the possibility of arrest and serious criminal charges,” she said.

“We encourage parents to speak with their children about making the right choices and the potential consequences of their actions. We ask the public to please refrain from re-posting threats and/or rumors online.”

This story will be updated.

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