To a student, bomb scares may be just a prank, but they are dangerous and costly to schools. According to Edward Dickson, director of the N.J. Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, bomb scares will cost our schools about $2.1 million in expenses this year. His report stated that 61 bomb threats occurred between Sept. 1 and May 17, an increase of 27 percent from the previous school year. While most bomb threats turn out to be pranks, law enforcement agencies and schools must take every threat seriously. An analysis of the data by Dickson’s agency showed that most threats were made by notes and graffiti. Students making such threats have been charged with creating false public alarms, making terroristic threats and conspiracy.