Allegany County School Board Wants to Crack Down on Bomb Threats

Tuesday, Nov 13, 2012  |  Updated 1:55 PM EDT
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Md. School Board Wants to Crack Down on Bomb Threats

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The Allegany County, Md., school board wants to get tougher on kids who make bomb threats.

The board asked the county's legislative delegation Monday to draft a bill enabling police to charge children as young as 13 as adults, the Cumberland Times-News reports.

In Maryland, teens as young as 14 can be tried as adults if they're accused of crimes punishable by death or life in prison. Those as young as 16 can be charged as adults for certain other crimes.

School officials say there were about a dozen bomb threats in Allegany County schools last year.

Democratic State Delegate Kevin Kelly says the legislation would be a tough sell, but board member Mike Llewellyn says he hopes to at least provoke some public discussion of the problem.

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