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Teen on probation for making bomb threat

July 14, 1999

A 14-year-old Boonsboro High freshman who made a bomb threat and spoke of forming a "raincoat mafia" at his school last May was placed on indefinite supervised probation Wednesday.

The teenager, who admitted to a charge of willfully disrupting activities at school, has been at the child and adolescent unit at the Thomas B. Finan Center in Cumberland for evaluation.

Judge Frederick Wright, sitting as Washington County Juvenile Court judge, ordered that the boy maintain good behavior at home and in school when it resumes.

Any problem at school would result in a violation of probation, Wright said.

Wright also made psychiatric counseling and anger regulation treatment part of his probation.

The teenager was charged May 5 after telling a teacher he was going to bring a package to school after seeing a story in the local newspaper about a package found earlier that week at Boonsboro High.

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While the teenager had no prior incidents in his background, a poem containing passages about death was read aloud in court in June that was of concern to the state and the judge.

A pupil personnel worker said the boy's school file was filled with examples of discipline problems and serious concerns about possible drug use. Information in the file said he fell asleep in class and came to class with red-rimmed eyes.

There was also a report by a teacher that the boy once sat in class and pierced his eyebrow with a safety pin.

- Marlo Barnhart

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