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Pocahontas, AR -- Brandi Hodges Reports

Black Rock Students in Court

October 12, 2006 -- Posted at 4:42 p.m. CDT

POCAHONTAS, AR -- The four boys believed responsible for making the fake 911 call, saying there would be a shooting at the Black Rock High School, were back in court on Thursday after spending ten days behind bars.

Because of their ages, the identities of the boys have to be kept anonymous.

The number and severity of charges have been lowered by the prosecutor.

Now, one boy faces a charge of criminal mischief, two have charges of harassing communications  and criminal mischief, and one has a charge of falsely making terroristic threats and criminal mischief.

Each of the four boys entered pleas of not true, and then were released to the custody of their parents.

Until the next court date, which is scheduled for December 4th, the school must decide what it plans to do with the students educational futures.

Superintendent Terry Belcher told K8 news a principal can suspend a student for up to ten days, which has been done.  The principal can recommend expulsion which has been done as well.

"We are sitting up a hearing for Monday evening at the board room at the Walnut Ridge campus at 7 p.m. to consider an expulsion hearing," said Terry Belcher.

People are welcome to attend that meeting, but it might be closed after it begins at the request of the parents.

Judge Kevin King did release the boys to their parents and place them under house arrest.  If the boys are expelled they will have to be home schooled for the rest of the year.

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