Archive for Thursday, December 4, 2003

Girls face charges, suspension in Nov. 11 Basehor bomb hoax

December 4, 2003

Two Basehor-Linwood High School students have been charged in Leavenworth County juvenile court with aggravated criminal threat in connection with a bomb threat three weeks ago at their school.

The female students -- a freshman and a sophomore -- also have been suspended from school until November 2004, according to school district officials.

The discipline and charges stem from a written bomb threat that was found Nov. 11 on the floor of a hallway at the school.

According to Don Swartz, executive director of business and facilities for the district, the note said, "This school shall blow up at 1:31 p.m. today, November 11, 2003."

It was hand-written.

"It wasn't anything like letters glued together from a newspaper," Swartz said.

School officials evacuated the building, and for about three hours the 500 students in the four-year school sat on bleachers at the Bobcats' nearby football field.

Three students originally were detained in connection with the incident. Officials determined the third student was not involved with making the threat, Swartz said.

The two students immediately were placed on a 10-day suspension from school, he said. After a disciplinary hearing held by a three-member board, the girls were suspended from BLHS.

"The bottom line is that they'll be able to come back the corresponding date next year," Swartz said. "It's just the length of days of one complete school year."

It's doubtful another school will allow the students to enroll, he said, and, of course, their immediate future will depend on what occurs in the legal system.

"Another school could choose to let them in, if they wanted to," Swartz said. "The bottom line is another school is going to uphold the expulsion or suspension from another school."

The students could appeal their suspension within 10 days.

The criminal charges were filed on Tuesday, according to Todd Thompson in the Leavenworth County attorney's office.

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