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New bomb threat causes high-school evacuation at Penn Hills High School

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Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, 2:36 p.m.

A morning bomb threat, the fifth in the Penn Hills School District since school began, caused yet another brief evacuation on Thursday.

School officials were alerted around 9:36 a.m. on Oct. 3 about a threat found on a bathroom wall in the high school.

Police were called and students and staff evacuated the building.

After receiving the all-clear from police, classes resumed.

The district has been the target of threats on Sept. 5, 19, 23, 24 and now Oct. 3.

Penn Hills Police Chief Howard Burton said detectives had identified and interviewed a student suspect. Burton is out of the office until Nov. 1, according to his voicemail. Investigations Sgt. Michael Hudek could not be reached for comment.

Patrick Varine is an editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7845 or

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