Steps taken to allay students' fears

April 30, 1999|By DAN KULIN /Staff Writer
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-- On Thursday. Maryland State Fire Marshal's charged a 14-year-old Smithsburg High School student with making a false rumor about a bomb.

-- Two 13-year-olds and a 12-year-old, all students at a Frederick County, Md., middle school, were charged Thursday after an investigation revealed they had fashioned and intended to use an "improvised incendiary device," which is not considered an explosive but can contain materials that will burn violently, according to the fire marshal's office.

-- On Wednesday, Washington County Sheriff's Department deputies announced they were considering charging a 14-year-old boy whom they allege sent threatening e-mail messages to other students from a home computer on Saturday.

-- In Frederick, two 14-year-old boys were charged Wednesday with making a threat of arson to burn the Heather Ridge School.


-- On Tuesday, a 14-year-old Frederick, Md., boy was charged with threatening to blow up an explosive device after a bomb threat was called into a middle school.

-- A Fannett-Metal Middle School student in Willow Hill, Pa., was charged Tuesday with making terroristic threats - one saying he would shoot two girls if he had a gun, and the other made on his school bus, authorities alleged.

-- A student at Martinsburg High School was suspended this week for allegedly bringing a paper to school that contained information on how to build a bomb, said Berkeley County Schools Superintendent Manny Arvon.

Staff Writers Dave McMillion and Marlo Barnhart contributed to this story.

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