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Middleton-Cross Plains schools detail costs of bomb threats

MIDDLETON, WI (WTAQ) - School bomb threats have been a problem in Wisconsin ever since the 1999 Columbine school shootings in Colorado. 

Now, the Middleton-Cross Plains District hopes to do something about it, by hammering home the costs of such an action. 

On Monday, officials showed students and parents a video of two high school staff members talking to each other about the costs of a bomb threat to a school system. It's meant to remind people that such threats are no joke. 

Middleton High School had a bomb threat just last Friday, and students were sent home.

Superintendent Don Johnson tells WKOW-TV the district spent $10,000 for lunches the youngsters never ate. Bus drivers were paid overtime to get the students home early.

The local Crime Stoppers program is offering a reward for helping find those responsible.

Johnson said the day would not be made up, but the district would have to use one of its allotted closing days due to heavy snow. The video also reminds students that a bomb threat could lead to an expulsion plus adult felony charges.