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New details emerge about St. Henry's School bomb threats

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St. Henry School in Nashville was evacuated twice in May after receiving bomb threats from someone from the United Kingdom. (WSMV) St. Henry School in Nashville was evacuated twice in May after receiving bomb threats from someone from the United Kingdom. (WSMV)

New details about separate bomb threats that forced a school to evacuate twice in May.

St. Henry School received bomb threats on May 5 and May 15.

“School had to shut down, days were lost,” said Rick Musacchio, spokesman for the Catholic Diocese of Nashville.

“The authorities have let us know, there's not really a prosecution that they can do, but certainly clarified that both cases were hoaxes."

An email sent by the school's principal to parents outlines the chain of events.

On May 5, an emailed threat was sent to the school which was visible on the school's website.

"We were not able to find out a whole lot about (that threat), but as I understand it, it was someone from the (United Kingdom)," Musacchio said.

The second threat on May 15 is believed to have been a "copycat" threat. Authorities said the person who called in and emailed that threat was also from the U.K. and was communicating with one of the students at St. Henry School through a chat app.

The reason behind the threat is unknown, and that student has since been expelled.

"One minute, they've got a teenage brain, the next they have a 10-year-old brain," said Denise Alexander, a social worker with "Our Kids” clinic. She specializes in online safety.

Alexander said parents don't need to re-think the wheel when it comes to talking about responsible social media use.

"We're helping them develop judgment, good judgment, who to trust, who not to trust, and online is not any different," said Alexander.

"Check their messages, look at their texts, see what they're doing, (and) check their history. There are apps and programs that you can get, that can help you with younger children and pre-teens.”

St. Henry School is already looking at ways to use this as a teachable moment.

“The school will be implementing some new internet safety curriculum this fall, talking with students even more clearly than in the past, the dangers of chat rooms, sites, apps, all of that stuff constantly evolves,” said Musacchio.

The first day of school at St. Henry School is Thursday, Aug. 10.

“Our Kids” clinic has some important information to help parents better monitor their children's social media habits.

These include:

  • Explain that the device is yours, not theirs.
  • Know the apps and software your child is using.
  • Activate safety settings and parental controls on all devices.
  • Check your child’s devices at random intervals.
  • Every so often, open each app.
  • Know your kids aren’t where you think they are online.
  • Be aware kids will try to “beat the system.” Many youths create extra accounts parents don’t know about.
  • Teach your kids, if you don’t know someone in real life, don’t let them follow you.

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