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Student Arrested Over Manuscript

December 23, 2000

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) _ A teen-age boy has been arrested and accused of distributing a manuscript that included passages about killing faculty and students.

The 17-year-old student at Roxbury High School was charged with false public alarm. His name was not disclosed.

His parents have said the boy, arrested at his home early Friday, uses his writing to express his troubles at school.

``He’s not a violent person,″ his mother said Friday during a court hearing. ``His outlet is his writing.″

Police said they learned that at least two students had copies of the manuscript, but would not say how they became aware of it. The boy’s mother said some of the material had been shown to his guidance counselor.

The writings begin: ``I’m a product of today’s violence.″

Superior Court Judge Salem Ahto said the boy should remain in juvenile detention pending a psychological evaluation.

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