Philipsburg

Police arrest P-O bomb threat suspects

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.

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.

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