October 4th, 2012 by WCBC Radio
Fort Hill High School was evacuated on September 20, 2012, at approximately 10 a.m. after the discovery of a threatening message in a second floor bathroom. Law enforcement officials as well as bomb-detecting K-9s were brought in to seach the school, and it was later cleared of any danger. The joint extensive investigation into this incident between school system administrators and the Cumberland City Police Department revealed that an 11th grade student at Fort Hill High School was responsible. An arrest is being made this morning, and the student will be charged with felony for making a bomb threat and other realted charges. This student will also be disciplined in accordance with the Board of Education's policy on student discipline. The Allegany County Public School System in cooperation with the Cumberland City Police Department and the State's Attorney's Office will be seeking restitution for the losses incurred by the Board of Education as a result of this incident. According to Superintendent of Schools, Dr. David Cox, "I would like to thank the Cumberland City Police Department, the Maryland State Police and their K-9 officers, and the State's Attorney's Office for working so closely with our staff throughout this investigation." He went on to say, "Bomb threats are a senseless disruption to our instructional day and are very costly. We intend to take an aggressive and deliberate approach to put a stop to this nonsense."