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Teen suspected in school bomb threat turns herself in

November 17, 2007|By ASHLEY HARTMAN

GREENCASTLE, PA. - The student suspected in a bomb threat at Greencastle-Antrim Middle School on Thursday turned herself in that evening at the Greencastle Police Department, according to a school district official.

The student, a 13-year-old girl, confessed after being brought into the Greencastle Police station, said Acting Superintendent Greg Hoover.

"We thought she was a suspect," Hoover said Friday. "We had video confirmation that she had gone to the restroom." A message on a stall in a girls' restroom said "bomb here" at a specific time.

The student also was the one who initially reported the bomb threat to a middle school teacher, who then informed administration, Hoover said.

"She has an out-of-school suspension right now," Hoover said. "She'll be awaiting a school board hearing."

The student said she was seeking attention, Hoover said.

It was the third bomb threat in the school district this week.

On Wednesday, the high school was evacuated shortly after noon after a teacher discovered the word "bomb" written on the bathroom stall of the upstairs girls' restroom.

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Thursday was the second evacuation of the middle school this week. On Monday, "bomb today" was found written on a soap dispenser in a boys' restroom and students were evacuated at 1:30 p.m. to the high school gymnasium.

Two 14-year-old males and one 13-year-old male have been suspended since Tuesday for Monday's incident, Hoover said.

Hoover did not know the reason behind Monday's bomb threat.

Thursday's bomb threat was different because the message contained a specific time, Hoover said.

According to Jim Stein, an attorney with the firm Dick, Stein, Schemel, Wine and Frey, LLP, the students responsible for the bomb threats could be charged with making terroristic threats, which could be a misdemeanor of the first degree or a felony of the third degree.

"If (the bomb threat) causes people in the building to be diverted from their normal operations, such as an evacuation, then it would be a felony of the third degree," Stein said. "And that's the most likely charge that I could see happening in a case like this."

Stein said punishment for the students depends on their prior record and whether this was their first offense.

"Those consequences can range from probation to very formal forms of detention," Stein said. "Community service could be considered."

Greencastle-Antrim School District officials are still looking in to who was responsible for Wednesday's bomb threat at the high school, Hoover said.

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