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Student expelled, faces terroristic threat charges

May 21, 1999|By RICHARD F. BELISLE

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - A Greencastle-Antrim Middle School student who wrote into his composition book that his school was going to be blown up by a bomb was expelled from school through the end of the 1999-2000 school year, Schools Superintendent P. Duff Rearick said Friday.

The student, 13, also faces criminal charges in juvenile court of making a terroristic threat, Rearick said. His name is not being released by authorities because he is a juvenile. The Greencastle-Antrim School Board voted unanimously to expel the student, Rearick said.

A teacher found the warning written in the student's composition book on May 11. The note said the school would be blown up on May 19. School administrators sent notes home to all parents on May 14 informing them of the note and telling them to use their own discretion on whether to keep their children home on May 19, Rearick said.

About half of the school's 600 students stayed home Wednesday, he said. Attendance returned to normal on Thursday and Friday, he said.

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Meanwhile, the administration beefed up security by locking all but two doors into the school, by extending security in the building to 24 hours and by bringing in parent volunteers to monitor the doors and keep a constant vigil in the school.

The student was not an academic standout and had only minor discipline problems in the past, Rearick said. The student has to reapply for admission when his expulsion ends in June 2000, Rearick said. "The odds are slim that he'll get back in," Rearick said.

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