Four students suspended over threats

Posted: Sunday, April 16, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- As the first anniversary of one of the nation's deadliest school shootings approaches, four Anchorage middle school students have been suspended after allegedly threatening to use guns and bombs on the campus.

Wendler Middle School staff members first heard reports of the threats when students arrived at school Friday morning. No weapons were found.

Two of the four students showed up at school wearing trench coats -- something they don't normally wear, said Margo Bellamy, Wendler principal.

Those two students were accused of making references to bombs and threats related to the April 20, 1999, Columbine High School shooting in Littleton, Colo., she said.

Two other Wendler students were implicated during a preliminary investigation and all four later received nine-day emergency suspensions pending an investigation, according to the Anchorage School District.

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