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Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Bomb Threat at West High

Corning West students searched after bomb threat
By Bryce T. Hoffman
The Leader

Every student was a suspect Monday morning as staff at West High School rifled through purses and backpacks looking for the perpetrator of a weekend bomb threat.
Cleaners discovered the threat Saturday morning in the girl’s rest room. It was scrawled in pen on a paper dispenser, said Painted Post Police Chief Don Yost. He declined to release the text of the threat.
A state police dog assisted as officers combed the building for explosives. Parents were notified of the situation via the Corning-Painted Post school district’s automated calling system.
The searches on Monday revealed nothing unusual but “we have possible suspects,” Yost said. The district has posted a $300 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible.
Searches will continue on a random basis, said Ellen Robinson, assistant superintendent for instruction.
A child younger than 16 would face proceedings in juvenile court in addition to school disciplinary actions. A suspect 16 or older could be charged with filing a false report, a crime punishable by time in jail, Yost said.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Parents were notified" this is not true. I have a student at West and the first I heard of the bomb threat was Monday when my son returned from school. I have an answering machine and there were NO calls from West High.

6:04 PM  

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