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Student charged in bomb threats against schools

THE BALTIMORE SUN

A Centennial High School senior was charged Thursday with mmaking bomb threats at four Howard County schools during the past two weeks to miss tests for which he was not prepared, police said yesterday.

If he is found guilty, the 17-year-old -- whose name was not released because of his age -- could be sentenced to a juvenile detention center on the four counts of threatening the use of explosives.

Police say the youth placed computer-printed notes on school doors at Centennial High School on Feb. 24 and at Burleigh Manor Middle School, Centennial Elementary School and the high school on March 6.

The note left in the first case made threats against the principal and two vice principals at Centennial High School, police said.

When the notes were found, police were called, students were not permitted to enter the schools, and lengthy searches were conducted -- long enough for some teachers to alter their class schedules -- police said.

School Board Chairwoman Susan Cook said she was "flabbergasted" by the apparent reason for the threats.

"I know kids will be kids, but give me a break," Ms. Cook said. "To think someone didn't have time and effort to study for a test but was willing to make people think their lives were in danger -- to me that's appalling."

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