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Student expelled for threat

An 8th-grade boy at Meyer Middle School was expelled through the next school year for allegedly writing a bomb threat last month.

The school board voted on the expulsion in a closed special meeting last week.

If the boy fulfills various unspecified conditions, he's eligible for an early return in September, according to Superintendent Boyd McLarty.

The bomb threat was written on a boys' bathroom wall at the middle school Monday afternoon, April 18. It said the school would be bombed Thursday of that week.

Police assisted school administrators with the investigation. The school was not evacuated because the threat was made for a later date.

With the help of the middle school's new security cameras, the student suspect was quickly identified.

The boy allegedly confessed to writing the bathroom message. He claimed he did so in frustration after finding out results from a school test.

This expulsion was the 11th of the school year. Last year there were nine student expulsions in River Falls.

Most of this year's expulsions have been drug related, but there have been two made because of bomb threats. McLarty said the other threat was at the high school.