Wednesday, December 08, 1999

Amelia Middle evacuated after threat

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        One day after two Glen Este students were charged in a phony bomb threat at their high school, a similar ruse forced the evacuation of Amelia Middle School Tuesday.

        West Clermont School District officials said a student entered the girl's restroom in the middle school shortly after 11 a.m. Tuesday and found the threat written on a stall wall.

        Officials moved the school's 1,100 sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade pupils to the gymnasium of Amelia High School for two hours while authorities searched for an explosive device.

        None was found, and letters were sent home to parents informing them of what happened, said Steve Wittenberg, principal of Amelia Middle School.

        Superintendent Michael Ward denounced the repeated threats and warned that the district intends to prosecute these incidents “to the fullest extent of the law.”

        “We want that message clear,” he said. “We are pushing for the maximum penalty — six months to the age of 21 in a juvenile detention facility in Columbus (Ohio).

        “We have handwriting samples and some good leads. I am confident we will catch who did this.”


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