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Bomb threat at Hempfield Area High School cancels evening events

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 3:57 p.m.

Hempfield Area High School was expected to be open for classes on Wednesday, a day after a bomb threat was found written on a bathroom stall, the acting superintendent said on Tuesday.

Bomb-sniffing dogs went through the building overnight, and state police at Greensburg began investigating the threat shortly after it was discovered, Barbara Marin said.

“Bomb 4/30” was written on a first-floor girls' bathroom stall, district officials said.

The district posted a letter from Marin on its website after the message was discovered.

“With what occurred at Franklin Regional, people are extremely sensitive about this,” Marin said. “That's why we felt it was necessary to let people know what is occurring and that we contacted law enforcement.”

A Franklin Regional sophomore, Alex Hribal, 16, is charged with taking two 8-inch knives to his high school on April 9 and stabbing 20 students and a security guard.

Sports practices were canceled on Tuesday night at Hempfield High School because the dogs were being taken through the building, Marin said.

“When the dogs are sweeping the building, you don't want a lot of people around,” she said.

A sports banquet was moved from the high school to another school.

The school was not evacuated on Tuesday because the message stated the bomb would go off on Wednesday, Marin added.

If school is canceled on Wednesday — and Marin doubted that — parents and students will be notified through the usual communication means, she said.

Bob Stiles is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-6622 or

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