Bomb pranksters get jail warning

By CHRIS LYNCHchrisl@gladstoneobserver.com.au

PRANKSTERS have been warned they face five years in jail for call- ing in bomb threats, following the evacuation of hundreds of staff and students at Gladstone State High School (GSHS) yesterday.

GSHS principal Greg Dickman said a brief threat was phoned through to the school's switch- board about 1.30pm, with a mass exodus to the school's oval fol- lowing.

Mr Dickman said there had been no suggestion students were beginning schoolies celebrations early.

"No I don't think so, we've got a very good bunch of seniors,'' he said.

"It's difficult to say where it came from but police are investi- gating a number of leads.''

In February this year a 28-year- old woman was jailed for 18 months, suspended after six months for a similar threat at Gladstone's NRG power station.

Raechelle Leigh Wharton was working as a security guard at the plant on October 14, 2002 when she told a fellow security worker that she had received a telephone call claiming seven C4 bombs were set to be detonated by re- mote control.

However she later pleaded guilty and was sentenced in Glad- stone District Court.



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