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Parents Could Be Billed For Kids' Bomb Threats

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CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) A rash of high school bomb threats has prompted Allegany County authorities to warn parents they could be held financially accountable.

State's Attorney Michael Twigg said Tuesday that parents whose children make bomb threats can be billed for up to $10,000 worth of police expenses.

He says Maryland law also allows judges to order a six-to-12-month driver's license suspension for juveniles who make bomb threats.

The tough talk follows five bomb threats since early December at two county high schools. Schools were evacuated and after-school activities were canceled in four of the cases, but no explosives were found in any of the incidents.

The suspects have been suspended and referred to juvenile authorities.

Information from: Cumberland (Md.) Times-News, http://www.times-news.com/timesnew.html (Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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