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Police say student made Greensburg Salem bomb threat

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Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

A 15-year-old boy will be charged in connection with the Nov. 27 bomb threat that resulted in the evacuation of Greensburg Salem High School, police said on Friday.

The boy, accompanied by his mother, failed a polygraph test given on Thursday, said police Chief Walter “Wally” Lyons.

“He then ended up admitting that he wrote the bomb threat, and we will be charging him,” Lyons said.

The charges, to be determined, will be filed with Westmoreland County juvenile authorities.

The teen, who was not identified by police because of his age, denied making two earlier threats this fall that resulted in the evacuation of the school, Lyons said.

The high school was evacuated for nearly two hours on Nov. 27 while police and dogs searched the building after the word “bomb” was found about 9 a.m. on the wall of a bathroom stall near the main entrance, police said.

School officials and police used surveillance footage of students entering and leaving the bathroom to reduce the number of potential suspects, Lyons said.

The boy was questioned, then agreed to take the polygraph test, authorities said.

The district will hold a disciplinary hearing to determine what action should be taken, Superintendent Eileen Amato said. The penalty for making a threat can include expulsion from school, she said.

“We consider threats such as this a violation of our safety and a major disruption to our learning environment,” Amato said. “We intend to take whatever action is necessary against anyone responsible.”

The school was evacuated on Nov. 12 after the phrase “bomb 1:11” was discovered by a student about 12:55 p.m. scrawled on a first-floor boys bathroom stall.

On Oct. 18, a similar bomb threat was left in a second-floor boys bathroom, police said.

Police have not filed charges in connection with the earlier threats.

In spring 2012, authorities filed charges against three students over bomb threats made at the school.

All three were expelled.

Bob Stiles is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at bstiles@tribweb.com.

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