Marshfield, WI (OnFocus) Two 17-year-olds facing felony charges for making bomb threats at Marshfield High School appeared in Wood County Circuit Court for an initial appearance on Monday.
Simone Rootellis and Alyssa Portz are each charged with one count of being party to making terrorist threats. On Dec. 9, bomb threats were found written on girls’ bathroom stalls at the high school. The two students were arrested the next day.
A signature bond was set for both at $5,000 on Monday. They were ordered by the court not to have contact with each other or with Marshfield High School, online court records stated.
A preliminary hearing and arraignment is scheduled for Feb. 18.
Portz and Rootellis had planned to write the bomb threats on Dec. 9. The threats referenced the date Dec. 18 because Rootellis wished to have off school that day, according to the criminal complaint. Rootellis wrote threats in several bathrooms and was encouraged by Portz to write more.
Portz reported the threats herself, believing by doing so she would not be a suspect. They did not intend to carry out the threats, which Rootellis claimed were written as a joke.
They are charged with a Class I felony, punishable by up to 3 1/2 years in state prison, up to $10,000 in fines, or both.