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$500 reward offered on Kauai school bomb threats


The Kauai Police Department today announced a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest or detainment of the people responsible for recent bomb threats at Kauai High School and King Kaumualii Elementary School.

No bombs were found in any of the incidents. But students were isolated either on or off campus in order for the Police Department to conduct searches.

The Kauai Police Department said it is seeking leads on the threats that occurred at Kauai High School on Feb. 17 and 23, and at King Kaumualii on March 2.  Because the incidents may or may not be related, there may be more than one reward offered.

Several business organizations and individuals, including the Kaua’i Business Council, Kaua’i Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club of Kalepa Sunrise and the Kaua’i Alternative Vacation Accommodation Association have donated money to the reward fund.

“We feel it’s important to support our schools, the police and the community at large to assist in the effort to put an end to these incidents,” Chamber President Randy Francisco said in a written statement. “They are costly and disruptive to the learning environment and cannot be tolerated.”

Kaua’i Complex Area Superintendent Bill Arakaki said in a statement: “I want to extend my heartfelt appreciation to all who have donated to the reward fund. The recent bomb threats took away precious learning time from our students, and resulted in unnecessary worry, stress, and anguish for our families, teachers, staff and community. This is truly a community effort to work together and ensure that our children will develop in nurturing, caring, and responsible citizens.”

People with information on these incidents may call police dispatch at 241-1711 or Detective Bernard Purisma at 241-1682. Tipster who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 241-1887.

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