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Students expelled over explosive incident

December 05, 1997

By RICHARD F. BELISLE

Staff Writer

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Two Greencastle/Antrim High School ninth-graders were expelled from school for the rest of the year for bringing a homemade explosive device to school, school Principal Jack Appleby said Friday.

Appleby said state and federal laws banning weapons on school property left the school board with little choice but to expel the boys, both 14.

"There wasn't much room to negotiate," he said. "They took it well. They know what they did."

Appleby said the board and administration is trying to work out a way to educate the youths during their expulsions.

"We don't know how we're going to do it. There may be some time at home (with a tutor) and some time at school," he said.

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He said the boys' parents will share the costs.

Greencastle police filed juvenile petitions against the boys for violation of the law that bans weapons on school grounds, according to Police Chief Terry Sanders.

The boys were placed on immediate suspension after they were observed with the device on Nov. 24 by an alert classroom teacher who confiscated it and notified authorities.

According to officials, the top of the cylinder was cut off, it was filled with gunpowder and a three-inch fuse was attached.

According to police, the students had spoken to each other about a week earlier and decided that one would make it for the other.

Appleby has said that the explosive was capable of causing serious injury.

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