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Finley student suspended for gun threat

| Thursday, March 15, 2001

An eighth-grade student at Finley Middle School was suspended Wednesday after allegedly threatening to bring a gun to school.

The boy, whose name was noy, whose name was not released, will remain on suspension until after a hearing is held on the matter next week, Ringgold School District Superintendent Larry Golembiewski said.

'It was an idle threat made by a student, who was very remorseful in the statement he made, but I don't take anything like this lightly,' said Golembiewski. 'We have complied by the book with our crisis management plan.'

Golembiewski said the incident was reported to the Union Township Police, although Golembiewski said district officffic officials have found 'nothing concrete' to suggest the student planned to carry out the threat.

The district is continuing to thoroughly investigate the matter, Golembiewski said.

'We'll prosecute to the fullest extent that we legally can,' said Golembiewski.

Union Township Police Chief Paul Bleichner was out on a call this morning and could not be reached for comment.

Golembiewski said the threat was made in the school cafeteria in an overt manner and not directed toward any one student. He said students who overheard the comment reported it to officials in the school office.

'I'm very proud of the students who reported it to the office,' said Golembiewski.

Golembiewski said the district's crisis management plan was approved about 18 months ago. Teachers were recently instructed on the plan during an in-service day, he said.

'We want to ensure parents and students that the safest place for the children is in school,' said Golem-biewski.

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