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Teenager charged in school evacuation

March 28, 2000

A teenage girl has been charged in connection with a false fire alarm that led to an injury during the brief evacuation of students from South Hagerstown High School Monday .

Hagerstown Fire Marshal John Hersh said a student who was on crutches fell while leaving the building and was injured again.

For that reason, the 15-year-old girl has been charged with reckless endangerment in addition to pulling a false fire alarm, Hersh said.

The alarm in a hallway at the school was pulled manually at 11:40 a.m., Hersh said. His investigation and questioning of witnesses led to the charges.

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The girl was referred to the Department of Juvenile Justice and later released to her parents, Hersh said. She has been suspended from school.

Last Thursday, a 13-year-old girl was charged with pulling a false fire alarm at Noland Village at 4:53 p.m. She was also referred to the Department of Juvenile Justice, Hersh said.

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