GREENDALE, Wisc (WSAU) A 17-year-old senior at Greendale High School is due in court this afternoon, for allegedly making a bomb threat right before the school’s homecoming last month. But Milwaukee County prosecutors said Nicholas Olson had only responded to the teasing-and-bullying he suffered for years. And therefore, Olson is only being charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct instead of the more serious felony bomb threat charge. The last straw apparently came recently when Olson – who’s described as quiet-and-shy – was recently elected to the Homecoming King’s court. He turned down the opportunity. And a couple days before the homecoming dance, Olson allegedly scribbled a bomb threat on a bathroom wall. A criminal complaint quoted the youngster as saying he had been teased all his life – he acted out of anger – and he had no plans for hurting anyone or causing an explosion in the school.
Greendale High School principal Steve Lodes says the incident has stirred up conversations about bullying, and what can be done to stop it. He says bullied youngsters must speak up – and many times, they don’t. Lodes says the school tries to encourage students to embrace quote, “the life-long skill of being a self-advocate.” He says they speak up to trusted adults when things don’t feel right.
The boy’s cousin, Greendale football player Jesse Johnston, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Olson is a great guy who got involved with the wrong crowd while growing up.