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Student accused of threat expelled from Jefferson

March 07, 2001

Student accused of threat expelled from Jefferson



By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town


CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Jefferson High School student who was charged with assault after the president of the Jefferson County Board of Education received a threatening e-mail message has been expelled from school for a year, a school board member said.

Sara Elizabeth Turner, 18, of Route 4, Harpers Ferry, W.Va., had been on suspension from school since the incident, board member Pete Dougherty said.

Under Turner's expulsion, she will have the opportunity to talk to Superintendent of Schools David W. Markoe, Dougherty said.

After that talk, Markoe could allow her to enroll in summer school this year so she can get the credits she needs to graduate, Dougherty said.

An e-mail to Jefferson County Board of Education President Larry Togans warned him that "I will put you in so much pain that you will wish you were dead.""Ya know it's pretty bad that when people I know, my self included, who are not prejudiced, commented that there was going to be a lynching, get a rope, and find a tree," the e-mail stated.

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Police said the student was upset about the date selected for this year's graduation.

The e-mail was sent to the Jefferson County Board of Education office on Feb. 11, according to a criminal complaint filed by Charles Town Police Cpl. Steve Harris. The e-mail was sent to the attention of Togans, the complaint said.

Turner is free on her own recognizance pending trial.

A conviction on a misdemeanor assault charge carries a penalty of six months in jail and/or a $100 fine.

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