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Two threats threaten Hempstead homecoming plans


DUBUQUE (KWWL) - Two bomb threats, only days apart.  That has police and officials at Hempstead High School on high alert for homecoming Friday.  Wednesday Dubuque Police investigated a bomb threat for tomorrow.  Thursday they found another, this time targeting Saturday's homecoming dance. 

"Good morning Mustangs. This is Mr. Kolker.  I want to take a few minutes this morning to talk to your about recent events," said Principal Lee Kolker over the intercom on Thursday morning.

Homecoming week at Hempstead High school in Dubuque is normally reserved for dress-up days and other events.  "Homecoming is a special time for any school, it's a when we celebrate our accomplishments and tradition."  But homecoming 2008 was shaken by two bomb threats and extra security.  The school cancelled Thursday's homecoming dodge ball tournament and limited access to the building.  "We're taking some extra precautions tonight.  We wanted to make sure that we had the building as locked up and secure as possible tonight as we can make it," said Kolker Thursday afternoon. 

The school sent an automated phone message to parents, urging them to discuss the threat with their students.  "We wanted them as a family to have those conversations about what you should do if you know anything and again to make the decision about whether to attend school tomorrow or the activities over the weekend," added Kolker

Kolker hopes the threats get resolved quickly so students can enjoy their homecoming.  "And really hoping that this can reach a conclusion very quickly and that someone will bring information forward to help us out."

As of Thursday evening, the homecoming parade, football game and dance are scheduled as normal. Parents and students say the latest threat has everyone nervous.  Spending more time worrying and less time celebrating homecoming.

If caught, the person making the threats could face a minimum of a felony charge and up to 5 years in prison.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires

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