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Student suspended after alleged threat

May 29, 1998|By DAVE McMILLION

A ninth-grade student at North Hagerstown High School was suspended after making threatening remarks in the school Wednesday afternoon, said Principal David Reeder.

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Reeder said he felt it was necessary to take the boy out of school, especially in light of recent violence that has occurred in schools across the country.

Reeder would not say what the Hagerstown boy said.

"We want our school to be safe. We take threatening remarks very seriously," Reeder said.

The boy made the remarks late Wednesday afternoon, which were reported by a teacher, Reeder said.

The principal said he did not find out about the comments until after all the students had left for the day.

No weapon was confiscated during the incident, Reeder said.

The Hagerstown Police Department was told about the threat and police officers met with the boy and his mother at their residence Wednesday night, said Hagerstown Police Chief Dale J. Jones.

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On Thursday, city police monitored the perimeter of the Pennsylvania Avenue campus to make sure the boy did not return to school, Reeder said.

The boy met with officials at the Washington County Juvenile Justice Department on Thursday, Jones said.

No charges were filed, he said.

The boy will be suspended from school pending a hearing before the Washington County Board of Education, Reeder said. The board will decide whether the boy should remain suspended from school, Reeder said.

A number of school-related shootings have occurred across the country this year. The most recent happened a week ago when a 15-year-old boy was arrested following a shooting rampage in Springfield, Ore., that left two classmates dead and 22 injured. The boy also is accused of killing his parents in their home.

Staff Writer Lisa Graybeal contributed to this story.

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