Students evacuated at two schools after officials receive bomb threats

No explosives found

pupil charged in incident at Edgewood Middle

April 29, 1999|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Bomb threats yesterday led to the evacuation of a high school in Baltimore County and a middle school in Harford County, where a 13-year-old boy was arrested and charged in the incident, authorities said.

This week in Carroll County, Westminster police arrested an eighth-grader, who was charged with a weapons violation when he brought a knife to school, and an 11th-grader, who was accused of threatening a school official.

In Harford County, Edgewood Middle School was evacuated for about an hour yesterday after a note was discovered that hinted that a bomb would explode at noon, said Lt. Edward Hopkins, a county Sheriff's Department spokesman.

Hopkins said the note contained references to the Littleton, Colo., massacre and drawings of a bomb.

Hopkins said about 1,100 pupils were allowed to return to the building after sheriff's deputies, school custodians and dogs from the state police and state fire marshal's office searched the school and found nothing.

An eighth-grader at Edgewood Middle was charged as a juvenile after other pupils told investigators that he had told them of a bomb, Hopkins said. He said the 13-year-old boy was released to the custody of his mother.

Hopkins said investigators believe other pupils might have been involved, but no others were immediately charged.

In Baltimore County, Franklin High School in Reisterstown was evacuated for about 40 minutes yesterday after secretaries received two telephoned bomb threats, police said.

Police said a male caller called at 7: 28 a.m., told a secretary that a bomb was going to explode in 30 minutes and hung up.

About five minutes later, another secretary received a call from a female who said, "This call is not a hoax. There is a bomb in the building," police said.

The school in the 12000 block of Reisterstown Road was evacuated, but a search found no suspicious items and students were allowed to return at 8: 20 a.m., police said.

In the Carroll County incidents, an eighth-grader at East Middle School was charged Tuesday with possession of a deadly weapon on school property and released to his mother's custody, said Capt. Randy Barnes, a Westminster police spokesman.

The boy, who is not being named because of his age, was at a meeting with his mother and school officials when a black-handled knife with a 4 1/2-inch blade was found in his backpack, Barnes said.

In the other incident, Barnes said Ray Lee Pullen, an 11th-grader, was charged Tuesday with disorderly conduct and disrupting school operations.

In charging documents, officers said Pullen threatened Allan Butler, vice principal at the Gateway School, on April 22, the day before the incident was reported to police.

Pub Date: 4/29/99

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