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Teens Charged With Making Bomb Threats Against School

Posted February 13, 2008

— Cumberland County sheriff’s detectives have charged two high school students with making bomb threats via the Internet.

James Thomas Wallace, 17, of 7101 Avila Dr., and Melissa Dawn Gordon, 17, of 7100 Avila Dr., were charged Tuesday with sending threatening e-mail messages to Cumberland County Schools' computer network system.

The e-mails, which were addressed to the vice principal at 71st High School, were sent on Feb. 10 and Feb. 11, authorities said. The messages claimed a bomb was set to detonate in a 71st High School hallway bathroom on Feb. 11.

Wallace and Gordon were charged with felony conspiracy and with making false reports concerning destructive devices. Each was released from the Cumberland County Detention Center under a $1,500 secured bond.


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  • daMoFo Feb 13, 2008

    Hardly just a "prank". I taught in Fayetteville for 20 years. When we had a bomb threat, the entire school was evacuated. Students and teachers had to stand outside, rain, cold etc it didn't matter, for an hour to two hours.

    If it was during lunch, much food had to be thrown away and kids had to be served again. Two or three fire trucks plus support vehicles were sent to the school. Several additional police officers had to be sent along with a bomb sniffing dog to search the school.
    The school system person in charge of security also had to come to the school. A few times there were bomb threats at two or more schools at the same time. On those days we would stand outside even longer, in several cases over two and a half hours while all these emergency personnel were pulled from their other jobs. Twice we had students collapse from the heat after standing out in the sun for two hours in 90+ degree heat.

    Long term suspension and felony charges are appropriate.

  • clintoflannagan Feb 13, 2008

    Hey well at least they didn't have to take that killer math test.

  • seeingthru Feb 13, 2008

    dumb thing to do but I guess they thought it was cool, look like 2 reasonably intelligent kids--saying a lot these days

  • linnway Feb 13, 2008

    See the pics in these stories. They look like similar. I can't imagine the school would release photos to the media? maybe? See stories: http://www.wral.com/news/local/story/2423442/

  • linnway Feb 13, 2008

    -Talking about the smiling "mug shot". Why did you put mug shot in side of " "? Just curious.

  • DarnYou Feb 13, 2008

    Here's the future of the Worlds Dumbest Crooks. They sent it by EMAIL? Duh.

  • whocares Feb 13, 2008

    When I had to appear in court there would be no way that I could find a soft place to sit. Where were the parents when they were sending this. Don't they look at what their children are doing on the internet. I know mine would.

  • uthink Feb 13, 2008

    Talking about the smiling "mug shot". Both picture backgrounds are the same, and there is no sign of any thing to do with jail. My guess is that those pictures are class pictures from an annual.- When I enrolled my daughter in school for Wake County- they have you give or deny permission for photos of your child to be displayed for for any/every reason. Also, I bet that couple of hours or day they were trying to get out of school, they wish they could get it back now.

  • sunflowerbubbles Feb 13, 2008

    Oh please, there are lots of kids that go through bullying, or were bullied in school, I was one, but I learned to ignore and keep distance from those bullying...and I didnt go do stupid stuff either...let alone anything illegal...stop the excuses!

  • bduuny Feb 13, 2008

    I think she needs a spanking