Two Teens Charged in MHS Bomb Threat Case Plead Not Guilty

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

(OnFocus) Two Marshfield teens facing felony charges for making bomb threats at the Marshfield High School pleaded not guilty in Wood County Court on Tuesday.

Alyssa Portz, 18, and Simone Rootellis, 17, were arrested last December for writing bomb threats in bathroom stalls at the Marshfield High School which referenced the date 12-18-19. They face one felony count each of being party to making terrorist threats.

Both had planned to write the threats on Dec. 9. Portz reported the threats to the assistant principal, believing by doing so she would not be thought a suspect, according to the criminal complaint. Rootellis wrote the threats and was encouraged by Portz to write additional messages.

Rootellis initially denied writing the threats, then later claimed it was done as a joke.

A final pre-trial is scheduled for June 19. The $5,000 signature bond is continued.

During their initial appearance last week, the two teens were also ordered not to have contact with each other or with Marshfield High School.


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