Friday, May 15, 2009

Board expels student accused of threat

15-year-old allegedly threatened shooting at high school

Express Staff Writer

Last month’s shooting threat by a Wood River High School student has prompted the Blaine County School District board to expel the student from school. Here, in the aftermath of the shooting threat, Hailey Police Officer Jameson Sharp searches the bag of student Tawni Padilla. Photo by David N. Seelig

A 15-year-old student accused of threatening a school shooting last month has been expelled from Wood River High School.

The expulsion followed a closed hearing Tuesday by the Blaine County School District board of trustees. Neither the student, his parents nor his attorney attended.

Board Clerk Laurie Kaufman said the expulsion is indefinite but declined to elaborate further. The student's name was not released. Rather, he was identified only by his expulsion hearing number of "2008-09:12." The "12" in the number means that he is the 12th district student this school year to face an expulsion hearing.

The student, who lived with relatives in Bellevue while attending the high school, has been charged in Blaine County Magistrate Court with the misdemeanor crime of "threatening violence on school grounds." He allegedly wrote a note threatening a shooting at the high school on April 22. The district's security plan was implemented after the note was found on April 21. Police patrolled the school in force on April 22-23.

The student is no longer in police custody, but is barred by court order from being on school district property.

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