Childish act, but with adult repercussions

Published 12:00 am Saturday, April 23, 2005

Downtown Greenville seemed busier than normal on Friday as many people took side streets and "rubber-neckers" converged to see what was happening.

That happening was the closing of the Butler County Courthouse and the streets leading to it.

We're sure the person who is responsible for the calling in the bomb threat that set all this in motion felt rather smug.

Most likely, they drove about town laughing about it.

They probably thought they had really put one over on area law enforcement.

But the joke is on the person responsible.

This is the 21st Century and technology today does allow for most calls to be traced. It takes some super high-tech stuff to jam the signal so it is only a matter of time before that person is caught.

Thanks to 9-11 and the creation of the Homeland Security Department, making any type of threat such a called-in bomb threat is a felony.

That's F-E-L-O-N-Y!

You are talking serious fines and jail time.

We hope the person responsible remembers the cost associated with the events of Friday.

Businesses around the courthouse closed up shop for the day and went home.

Police were seen later working hard running back and forth across the street telling people to stay back.

That is potential income gone forever.

So if you know who this prankster was, thank them for all of us who had much to do on Friday, only to find we couldn't because of their little joke.

We're sure that when they are sitting in prison working on a 10-year sentence for their little "practical joke" they might realize the severity of what happened.

Maybe they'll realize it could have cost some lives.