MORRISTOWN - The students responsible for making false bomb threats that prompted four evacuations of Union Local school buildings in as many class days will be suspended and may be expelled, Superintendent Kirk Glasgow said.
Four students confessed to making five threats that were discovered at both of the district's school buildings during the previous two weeks, according to Glasgow. The superintendent said those students will be suspended from school for 10 days.
They may miss additional class days, Glasgow added, as their respective principals recommended they be expelled from school for their actions.
The principals' recommendations initiated due process, and hearings will be held before the students' fates are determined. The principals will make their case for expulsion to another school administrator during the hearings, while the student and his or her parents will speak on the child's behalf. The school administrator will pass along their recommendation to Glasgow, who will decide whether to expel the student.
Dates for those hearings had not been set Thursday.
The investigation has not concluded either, Glasgow said, as school officials believe some of the students who made the threats may have been influenced or persuaded to do so by their classmates.
"There might have been a little egging on, or whatever you want to call it, so we're trying to find the end of the trail," he said.
School administration and law enforcement met with students at all three schools Tuesday to discuss the consequences of making false threats.
Glasgow said that message missed some of the younger students, as two more threats were discovered in the elementary school later that day.
"The little ones, they just don't understand what they're doing," Glasgow said of the elementary students. "They think, 'Someone else did it, I'm going to do it.'
"The younger they are, the tougher it is to get through to them," he continued. "The older students are getting fed up with it. They're tired of it, and they want it to stop. They tell me it's embarrassing."
Bomb threats were discovered in school buildings on Nov. 19 and 20, prompting evacuations. Students were off for the Thanksgiving holiday the next three days. Teachers and students returned to the classroom Monday, when another bomb threat was found and officials again evacuated the buildings.