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15 and 16-year-olds charged in Canfield High School bomb threat



Published: Tue, April 2, 2013 @ 12:05 a.m.

By Susan Tebben

stebben@vindy.com

CANFIELD

One week after an 11-year-old girl was charged in a bomb threat at Canfield Middle School, two more female students are charged in the bomb threat that closed Canfield High School on March 7.

The two sophomores, age 15 and 16, face the misdemeanor offenses of making false alarms and obstructing official business, according to Canfield police.

“Initially ... they both lied to investigators,” said Scott Weamer, assistant police chief, who responded the day of the bomb threat. “But we got to a point where we had enough probable cause where we didn’t need a confession from them.”

The middle school threat occurred March 20. Though police received some leads based on the middle school investigation, the two females were identified as authors of a handwritten note that was found in the high school gymnasium on the morning of March 7 as a result of unrelated leads.

Parents of the students have been cooperative, Weamer said, but no reason has been given as to why the girls decided to leave the note.

“My impression is that it started out as a joke, and then one decided to actually act on it,” Weamer said.

The cases, including the middle school case, have been referred to Mahoning County Juvenile Court.

Though neither bomb threat was considered credible by police when the threats were found and the schools were swept for explosives, Weamer said the incidents give parents and students an opportunity to learn.

“They [students] need to know there’s consequences for their actions,” Weamer said. “We’re fortunate nothing happened and nobody was hurt — from the students to the teachers to the law enforcement and fire and EMS personnel — but the potential was there.”

Canfield Superintendent Alex Geordan couldn’t be reached for comment Monday.


Comments

1choochsun2(1 comment)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

These two girls definately need some kind of punishment, not just a slap on the wrist. Although there was no actual bomb inside of the school that could have caused harm, there could have been accidents from students driving out of there in a panic. Students were rushed out of the building, some having to wait quite awhile for a ride home. I spoke with several parents and many were very shaken up. A joke is a joke, but this went far beyond that.

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2TonyRizzo(82 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

Thank God no one was injured.
Kids do make dumb mistakes/choices as we all do.

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3fudputer(45 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

15-16 these (kids) are 3/4-of the way to being adults-not only will their parents probably going to have to foot the bill for the cops and investigation (i'm sure they needed that) these little @ssholes should be given 30 days in juvie for every kid in the school that had to have their day interrupted. that should wake them up!!!!!

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4Lifes2Short(3875 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

tony

"Kids do make dumb mistakes/choices as we all do."

Making BOMB threats? That's a little more serious then the dumb things everyone does as a young adult, especially in these times. You know all the people that were put out for this "dumb mistake/choice" not to mention the worried parents??

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5dosel1(2 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

to fudputer

i think thats very harsh for the level of what they did.

There are jokes out there but this isnt one of them. I knew both of these girls and never knew they would do this.

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