Portz and Rootellis Sentenced in School Bomb Threat Case

Rootellis (L), Portz. Photos provided by Wood County Jail.

Wisconsin Rapid (OnFocus) – Two Marshfield teens found guilty of making a bomb threat at their school in December of 2019. On Dec. 9, bomb threats were found written on girls’ bathroom stalls at the high school. The two students, Alyssa Portz and Simone Rootellis, were arrested the next day.

After pleading guilty, Portz was sentenced in May to probation and jail time for three cases of Intentionally Give False Alarm, a class A misdemeanor, Wisconsin Statutes 941.13. Beginning on July 20, she will report for 14 days in Wood County Jail, pursuant to 303.08 Work Release/Huber Privileges. She was also sentenced to 200 hours of community service, which can include giving speeches to troubled youth.

After pleading “no contest,” Rootellis was sentenced on July 14 to also serve a two-week jail sentence and must complete counseling as deemed necessary and 200 hours of community service. DNA sample must be provided by both within 30 days.

Both teens were also given a two-year probation sentence that has been withheld. Though they were 17 at the time of the incident, the case was moved to adult court in February.

Portz was initially charged with being a party to making terrorist threats, a felony. On December 9, Portz informed an assistant principle of finding a bomb threat written in the girl’s bathroom. A school resource officer found multiple written threats referencing a date of 12-18-19.

Portz later admitted that she had discussed writing the threats on Dec. 9 with fellow student Rootellis. Rootellis wrote the threats and was encouraged to write additional threats by Portz. Rootellis at first denied involvement and then claimed it was done as a joke.

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