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Philipsburg-Osceola Area School District says bomb threat suspects have been identified

The suspects in a pair of bomb threats at Philipsburg-Osceola Area High School have been identified, according to the superintendent.

Gregg Paladina said his administration thinks they have discovered who are the culprits in two separate threats at the high school on April 15 and 16. The two incidents both involved notes being found in boys’ restrooms in the school. At least one of the notes was written on the wall.

Paladina said that state police at Philipsburg are still investigating those cases, which both prompted police dogs being brought in to check the building for bombs and evacuating students during the search.

Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller said that the incident could be grounds for felony charges of terroristic threats.

A similar incident occurred at the middle school on April 17, when a pencil-written threat on notebook paper allegedly found in the boys’ bathroom and brought to the office. The 14-year-old boy in that threat was identified immediately and taken into custody by state police at Clearfield.

Paladina said the district is “coming to an agreement” with the middle school student and his family regarding discipline.

Lori Falce can be reached at 235-3910. Follow her on Twitter @LoriFalce.

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