Hazen High School receives bomb threat

March 4, 2010

By Tim Pfarr

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An 18-year-old Hazen High School senior who called in a bomb threat to Hazen High School Feb. 12 has been expelled, said Randy Matheson, Renton School District spokesman. He said the man has not been charged, and district officials are working with the student to find another school at which he can finish high school.Hazen High School received a call at about 10:45 a.m. Feb. 12 from an individual who claimed there was a bomb inside the school and students and staff had one hour to evacuate the building.

School officials followed Renton School District guidelines by calling police and evacuating. Renton Police searched the building, but did not find anything. After allowing the hour to elapse, students and staff re-entered the school at noon.

The call was traced to a pay phone at a convenience store in the Renton Highlands. The man was caught on the store’s security camera, and Renton Police used the camera’s footage and help from Hazen High School staff members to identify him.

“Normally, when we get these calls, it’s a prank,” Matheson said Feb. 12 after the school was cleared. “Every once in a while, we’ll have a kid who wants to get out of class and call in a bomb threat.”

Principal John Kniseley wrote an e-mail to parents the afternoon of Feb. 12 detailing the incident. At the time, the man who allegedly made the threat had not been taken into custody.

“Calling in bomb threats is a serious offense punishable by law,” Kniseley wrote

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