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Teachers Say Students Made Threats

February 19, 2000

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (AP) _ Three teachers in this western Michigan community are seeking court-ordered protection from two freshmen alleged to have written a note threatening to kill them.

A Kent County judge on Friday rejected the Comstock Park High School teachers’ requests for protective orders based on their written applications, but a March hearing has been scheduled, their attorney said.

The students were suspended for nine days after being caught in January passing a note alleged to contain threats about burning or dismembering teachers Kathryn Greenfield, Sandra Schmidt and Laurie Larson-Doornbos.

The note also allegedly contained a reference to last April’s shooting rampage at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., where two students killed 12 schoolmates and a teacher before killing themselves.

When the students were allowed to return to school Feb. 8, the teachers said they felt unsafe. They want a judge to bar the students from coming within 100 feet of them, and prevent the school district from assigning the students to any of their classes.

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