Students Behind Orange High Threats Expelled

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PEPPER PIKE, Ohio—The three Orange High School students charged by federal authorities with sending bomb threats and threatening staff members in anonymous e-mails have been expelled from school.

According to a statement from Lou DeVincentis, Communication Coordinator with the Orange City School District, the three students charged have not been in school for some time and have all received the maximum penalty for their actions allowed by Ohio Revised Code, which is expulsion.

DeVincentis says the students do have the right to seek an appeal to the expulsion.

Beginning on Nov. 6, 2011, bomb threats were sent through email to school and media officials, forcing the school to close for three days.

Cuyahoga County Assistant Prosecutor Michael Horn said it was rumors at the school that led them to identify the boys, raid their homes and seize their computers.

“There were rumors in the school because these guys were talking, based on that they got a search warrant for one of the kids’ houses and then he confessed,” Horn said.

Prosecutors said the two unidentified 16-year-olds and a 17-year-old boy used encryption codes to send the threats.

“They sent the emails to an off-site server and that kind of makes them anonymous then,” Horn said.

All three face 17 felony counts of inducing panic, 2 misdemeanor counts of telecommunications harassment and 1 count of criminal tools, being the computers that were used.

The boys could be jailed until they are 21 if they are tried as juveniles. The sentencing could be more severe if they are tried as adults.

(Fox 8 News Reporter Emily Valdez contributed to this report.)

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