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Wirt County student expelled for bomb threat

Call was made two days after Newtown rampage

January 18, 2013

ELIZABETH — The Wirt County Board of Education has expelled a student over a bomb threat last month....

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Jan-19-13 8:46 AM

Threatening to bomb anyplace should automatically be a federal charge. To make a threat to bomb in itself is noting short of a terrorist act. It doesn't matter what age the person is which makes threats of this type, all should be held accountable at the highest level. Maybe then knowing there is a real consequence of their action (not just a slap on the wrist as usual), it may just not happen as often or even at all.

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Jan-18-13 12:31 PM

Being expelled from school will hurt her in more ways than missing out on an education. Like the previous poster said, she can still do night school or have a home bound teacher which could keep her on tracl for graduation. What she won't get to do while being expelled is attend football games, dances, homecoming, prom and see her friends every day. That all ends for a year. While I agree that she needs punished, why is she still in custody? She spent Christmas in custody? Even accused felons have the opportunity to make bond. She has already served more time than what most convicted people will serve.

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Jan-18-13 8:26 AM

She'll still face criminal action, MrAlex. The repercussions she faces from the school are completely separate from the ones she'll face from the criminal court. After all, she still broke the law.

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Jan-18-13 8:14 AM

When students receive a 365 day expulsion, they are just expelled from "day school." They are still entitled (yes, I hate that word) to a free, public education. So guess what? They receive services in an alternate setting. In Wood County, this means they either attend ACE (night school at PHS) or they get a private, homebound teacher. How do ya like that?

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Jan-18-13 7:18 AM

Easy Alex,reread.

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Jan-18-13 7:08 AM

While I agree that being out of school is probably what most kids want, you need to finish reading the article. It states that she "remains in custody pending a hearing next week in circuit court." To me this means there will be some sort of criminal punishment to go with the expulsion. I agree with JerseyGirl, military school is exactly what she needs now.

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Jan-18-13 1:30 AM

Does the Wirt County BOE honestly think that the student will learn her lesson by being expelled for a year?! She's probably celebrating that she won't have to go to school for the next 365 days. I really hope that the parents will do the right thing and send her to some kind of military school. She definitely wouldn't be able to call in bomb threats there! Obviously, this child needs some tough love.

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