Three 16-year-old girls at Philipsburg-Osceola Area High School have been found to be behind Wednesday’s bomb threat.
State police at Philipsburg say the girls conspired between 7:30 a.m. and 9:09 a.m. to deliver the threat so they could get out of school early.
Police say two of the girls wrote “I have a bomb” in red marker on the wall of a second-floor bathroom stall at the school, then flushed the marker and returned to class.
During a third period study hall, one of the girls texted the third co-conspirator, who went to the restroom, took a picture of the threat on her cellphone and went to the office to report it. The school was subsequently evacuated and police brought in.
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The girls have been taken into custody and housed at the Centre County Juvenile Detention Center. They are charged with felony and misdemeanor counts of terroristic threats and conspiracy.
P-O has been the target of repeated bomb threats by students in recent years. The latest suspects are not the first to claim to find the threat themselves. Last year, a threat to the middle school was reported by a student who was found to have written the note himself when administrators compared the threat he turned in with other samples of his own work.