PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – For the second day in a row, there was a bomb threat in the North Allegheny School District.
Now both police and the school district say they have a suspect in at least one of the threats.
All appeared normal at North Allegheny High School on Thursday, but early in the morning, a note threatening a bombing was found in a bathroom.
They never found a bomb and classes weren’t interrupted, but many North Allegheny students say they don’t find it amusing.
“It’s just kids trying to get out of class,” senior Mason Blackburn said. “They don’t understand what they’re doing and the implications of it.”
“I just think it’s childish, you know what I mean? Grow up,” senior Sahara Canovale said. “It’s just… I feel like they’re jokes, and people need to start taking it seriously or it’s not going to get solved.”
The school district is taking it seriously.
Police were called to the school to investigate and quickly identified the student responsible. The student was removed from class and a search of their locker and possessions found no explosives or weapons.
While police question him, they’re looking into the possibility that this same kid could have been the one who phoned in a bomb threat to the North Allegheny Intermediary School on Wednesday. That threat prompted an evacuation of classes.
Students are happy they’ve got a suspect and want him punished.
“If there’s evidence he’s doing it, then good, he deserves it,” Canovale said.
“It’s irritating, certainly, because all of the drama that goes around the school and all the rumors that fly around instead of people talking about more useful things,” Blackburn said.
The threat was deemed to be a hoax. Without stating specifics, the district says the student will be disciplined, “to the fullest extent.”
“North Allegheny is committed to creating a secure atmosphere for all students who come eager to learn and grow each day. We will continue to place the well-being of our students and staff as our first and main priority,” Superintendent Dr. Robert Scherrer said in a statement.