Girl, 15, guilty of false school alarm
By MARLO BARNHART / Staff Writer
She maintained her innocence, but a 15-year-old girl was found guilty Wednesday of pulling a false fire alarm at South Hagerstown High School in March.
"There were witnesses who saw her do it," said Judge John H. McDowell after hearing testimony from two other girls who said the teen laughed after pulling the alarm March 27 and asked others not to get her into trouble.
McDowell heard the case in Washington County Juvenile Court. He placed the girl on indefinite probation and ordered her to perform 40 hours of community service.
"Pulling false fire alarms can be dangerous," he said, alluding to a student on crutches who fell while leaving the building that day and was injured.