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Student to be charged in threat at Pa. school

May 02, 2007|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A ninth-grader who apparently wanted to get out of class faces prosecution and possible expulsion for writing a bomb threat on the wall of a boys restroom Monday at Faust Junior High School, Superintendent Joseph Padasak said Tuesday.

"Word is he wanted to do it to get out of algebra," Padasak said of the unidentified student. The boy faces two second-degree felony charges, although Padasak said he did not know the specific charges.

"He'll be suspended for 10 days and go before an administrative hearing ... He'll be recommended for expulsion," Padasak said.

The message in the restroom indicated an explosion would take place in the school, district spokeswoman Sylvia Rockwood said Monday. The threat was discovered at about 1:30 p.m. and the 1,400 students were evacuated to the school's stadium for about an hour until Chambersburg police completed a search of the building, she said.

School surveillance video tapes helped in the investigation, Padasak said. Principal David Shank and School Resources Officer Keith Culbertson reviewed tape of the area outside the second-floor restroom.

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"They worked three hours last night and all day today," Padasak said of Shank and Culbertson, who is employed by the Chambersburg Police Department and assigned to Faust. The videos provided them with a list of students who could have written the threat.

Padasak said "more than 10" students were questioned before the boy was identified as the suspect at about 4:30 p.m.

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