Palo bomb threat culprit sentenced

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 9:31 am on Friday, March 08, 2013

IONIA — A 38-year-old Ronald Township woman was sentenced Tuesday involving the bomb threat to Palo Elementary School on Nov. 28.
Veronica Lynn Haring was sentenced in Ionia Circuit Court Tuesday on one count of a false report of threat of a bomb/harmful device and once count probation violation.

Veronica Haring

According to Ionia Circuit Court, Haring was sentenced to four years probation, one day in jail — with one day credited, a curfew of 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. and $1,408 in fines and costs that include restitution.

On Dec. 13, Haring turned herself in to the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office and was arraigned.

The bomb threat was received by the school librarian Bonnie Staffen, who was covering for the school secretary. The caller had a young, female voice.

“I answered the phone and she said ‘Bomb! There is a bomb in the school!’ Then she hung up,” Staffen said.

She said at first she was shocked and tried to see if the female was still there by asking “What? Hello?” but the person had hung up.
Staffen said she contacted a teacher and told her what had happened. They agreed the teacher would gather everyone and get them outside while Staffen called the police.

All 75 students and faculty made it out safely.

A bomb was not found after police and K-9 units searched the premises.

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