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Sophomore faces charges in threat at Bentworth High School

| Thursday, March 3, 2011

A 15-year-old sophomore at Bentworth High School is facing criminal charges in Washington County Juvenile Court for allegedly writing a bomb threat in a bathroom stall last month, forcing the evacuation of the school.

Southwest Regional Police filed a petition in juvenile court alleging the youth threatened to use weapons of mass destruction, risked a catastrophe, made terroristic threats, reckless endangered others and made false alarms. The youth is facing unspecified school sanctions.

The threat occurred at 1:14 p.m. Feb. 17 and caused the evacuation of the school, according to police. In addition to Southwest Regional Police, the Bentleyville Volunteer Fire Department and bomb-sniffing dogs from Pittsburgh and the Armstrong County District Attorney's office searched the building.

Police said about a week after the incident, based on information obtained by the school district and police, the youth subsequently admitted writing the threat.

On Monday, state police in Greensburg and Hempfield Area School District officials investigated a bomb threat written in a girl's bathroom at the high school. The threat, discovered between 8:30 and 9:40 a.m., did not result in an evacuation.

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