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Student to be charged in bomb threats

April 27, 2012
By MARK LAW - Staff writer ( , The Herald-Star

BLOOMINGDALE - A 17-year-old female student at the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School was to be charged today with making bomb threats at the school, said Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla.

A bomb threat was seen on a bathroom wall on March 20, which resulted in the building being evacuated, said Dale Edwards, JVS superintendent.

A bomb threat was found again on a bathroom wall on April 20 after school hours, which resulted in the building being searched. Edwards said the building was searched on Sunday. All doors were locked except for the main doors on Monday morning. Student book bags and coats were searched and a resource officer used a metal detector to check students, Edwards said.

Abdalla said a bomb threat was discovered Tuesday morning while school was in session, which again resulted in the school being evacuated and students being sent home early. The sheriff said he had contacted the Youngstown bomb squad for assistance.

The investigation continued with Abdalla, the school resource officer and JVS staff interviewing students. Edwards said tapes from surveillance cameras also were reviewed to narrow a list of suspects. Even handwriting from students was compared to the writing on the bathroom walls, Edwards said.

Abdalla said the female suspect, who is from Indian Creek High School, will be charged in juvenile court.

Edwards said a 10-day school suspension was issued, with a recommendation for expulsion.

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