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Some Kauai High School students were disappointed after the second bomb threat in less than a week closed their school.

Eleventh-grader Reyn Morioka said he has to re-study for a math exam that he was scheduled to take yesterday.

“It made my time go to waste,” said Morioka. “It just kind of ruined the day.”

Police were called yesterday after graffiti was discovered at 6:05 a.m. Officers closed both ends of Lala Road, the only roadway that leads to the school, to conduct an investigation. 

Graffiti was observed throughout the campus that include classrooms, cafeteria, library and picnic tables. At least one classroom door was super-glued shut. A broken window to one of the storage buildings were observed. Police concluded their investigation at 2:30 p.m. yesterday after no bombs or explosives were found. School was to resume normal operations tomorrow.

With ongoing furloughs, students, parents and school officials said class time is crucial. 

Kauai Complex Area Superintendent Bill Arakaki said, “It’s a major disruption to the education and classes of students at Kauai High. We’d like to get to the bottom of this and get back to our normal schedule to do the things we need to do at our school.”

Kauai High Vice Principal Penny Vess said, “We take (bomb threats) seriously and contact police immediately. It’s unfortunate that now when you look back, our students are missing out on their education.”

The graffiti discovered today was similar to that discovered on campus last week, hinting that a bomb would go off. Students evacuated to the gym until 10:40 a.m. Thursday after police concluded their investigation and found no bombs or explosives.

Morioka, 16, percussionist with the school band, said they are missing out on time to practice for an upcoming concert to be held next week at the Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall. Today was the second time practice was canceled because of the bomb threats. “We don’t have much time to prepare for the concert. I feel as though our band is not ready as we should be,” he said. 

Morioka’s mother, Sher Morioka, a 1975 Kauai High graduate, said, “It’s just disappointing that it has to be happen twice within a few days apart from each other. We still have furloughs going. The kids are missing out on a lot of school time.” 

Like Morioka, senior Audrey Lang said her day was ruined because of time taken away from projects. “I need the resources that the school provides me so I can complete my project on time. I have all my work saved at my computer at school,” she said. 

If she had the chance to speak to the persons responsible for the bomb threats, Lang said she would ask them why. “If you’re that angry, why don’t you just talk about instead of ruining our school,” said Lang.

Anyone who has information on the suspects in connection with the bomb threats is urged to call Det. Bernard Purisima at 241-1682, police dispatch at 241-1711 or CrimeStoppers at 241-1887.

 

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