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Teen charged in connection with Chambersburg school bomb threats

February 01, 2008|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A 17-year-old Chambersburg Area Senior High School student has been charged with making two bomb threats over the telephone this week, according to school district officials and the Chambersburg Police Department.

The unidentified student was charged with two counts each of threatening to use a weapon of mass destruction and terroristic threats, police said. The charges stemmed from calls made to the Franklin County 911 Center on Monday night and Wednesday afternoon, police said.

Each of the charges is a first-degree misdemeanor, which carry maximum penalties of up to five years in prison under Pennsylvania law. The boy was taken to the Abraxas youth detention facility to await a detention hearing, police said.

The first call was made from Sunnyway Foods on Warm Spring Road at about 10 p.m. Monday, police said. The school was searched that night by police, fire and school officials with no bomb being discovered, police said.

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The second threatening phone call was made at about 1 p.m. Wednesday with the male caller talking about a "bomb in the school," police said. School District spokeswoman Sylvia Rockwood said the caller did not specify which school.

Within a short time of the Wednesday call "we had identified a person of interest and determined that the threat was not credible," the district's Director of Security Brett Hill said in a statement released by the district. "The borough police and the district administrative team determined that our students and staff were not in danger."

"Within hours of the second 911 call, the suspected caller ... was identified, interviewed by borough police and confessed to making both calls," Hill said.

Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Services Eric Michael, the high school's school resource officer and high school administrators also took part in the investigation, according to Hill.

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