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Police: Bomb threat called in by 3 girls

Jeff Kolkey

A bomb threat at West Middle School on Tuesday was actually made during three cell-phone calls, Rockford Police Sgt. Michael Spelman said.

Two 13-year-old girls and a 14-year-old girl, all eighth graders, were arrested. On advice of police, classes were not disrupted by the threat nor was the school evacuated.

Spelman said the girls may have made the bomb threat in an attempt to skip class.

The juveniles face charges of misdemeanor mob action and disorderly conduct in addition to felony disorderly conduct, Spelman said.

“I would hope that kids would start taking this seriously,” Spelman said. “We are going to arrest any kid that calls in a bomb threat.”

It was the third bomb threat at West Middle School this school year. Five students have been arrested in connection with the three incidents.

Fights break out at East High School

Eight girls were arrested Tuesday at East High School following a series of fights.

Spelman said a lunch-time fight between two girls sparked the incidents. Afterward, a fight in a hallway between two girls erupted. A short time later, a girl broke a cafeteria window.

Two girls allegedly hit police officers while being escorted to administrative offices after a brewing confrontation between three girls had been broken up.

In all, five girls were arrested for misdemeanor disorderly conduct, one for criminal damage to property and two for aggravated battery for striking a police officer.

Teachers achieve special certification

Rockford School Board members this week congratulated 11 teachers who achieved National Board Certification.

Officials in a report said the skills gained by the teachers will “greatly impact educational development of each student they touch.”

The teachers are Christina Allen, Kathryn Biavati, Pauline Brewer, David Carson, Lynn Graczyk, Renee Guse, Deborah Johns, Jacki Lutzow, Christina Magee, Lisa Peterson-Doll and Lynn Stockton.

Last year, 13 Rockford teachers achieved National Board Certification.

Officials laud All-City Theatre

With a cast and crew of about 150 students from across the Rockford School District, the All-City Theatre production of “Babes In Toyland” included children of all ages on the stage of the Coronado Performing Arts Center.

Officials this week said it was a great way to display some of the most talented actors in the Rockford school system and it was educationally valuable, integrating several art disciplines.

But the jaw-dropping $81,300 price tag makes the production cost-prohibitive. All of the funding for the production came from donations and ticket sales.

Officials said they would seek grant funding to keep the production going in following years. There have been five All-City Theatre productions since 2002, seen by 35,000 adults and children.

Staff writer Jeff Kolkey can be reached at 815-987-1374 or at jkolkey@rrstar.com.