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Terroristic threatening case opened into bomb threats at schools

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    Deputy Chief Marie McCauley talks to reporters at a news conference at the Honolulu Police Department headquarters about the bomb threats that prompted evacuations at several schools this afternoon.

Honolulu police opened a first-degree terroristic threatening case after about a dozen schools received bomb threats this afternoon.

Police said today they are taking the threats seriously, especially because the case involves young children.

According to a Department of Education official, Farrington, Kaimuki, Kalani, Radford and Moanalua high schools; and Washington Middle School received the telephoned threats.

Assets School, Maryknoll School and Damien Memorial School also received threats.

A Maryknoll spokesman said the threat was called in 2:05 p.m., and police gave an “all clear” at 2:45 p.m.

Police said the threats occurred between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Many schools had already finished classes for the day.

Honolulu police said they are looking at the phone numbers where the calls originated and are asking for the public’s help in finding out who made the threats.

“Even false or prank calls require a police response, so all these officers who responded to these events were taken away from actual 9-1-1 emergency calls,” Honolulu Deputy Police Chief Marie McCauley said at a news conference today at police headquarters.

McCauley said the perpetrators of the prank face arrest on suspicion of first-degree terroristic threatening, a felony that is punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of $10,000.

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