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Teen is charged in school threat

Allegedly wrote of blowing up Shepherd Hill

November 02, 2009
DUDLEY — A Charlton teen faces charges after allegedly threatening to blow up Shepherd Hill Regional High School on a day when students were remembering the Columbine massacre.

High school senior Ryan P. Ijams, 17, of 182 Center Depot Road, has been charged with making a false report as to the location of explosives and disrupting a school assembly, according to Dudley District Court records. Ijams allegedly wrote "SH blows up 10/27/09," referring to the day "Rachel's Challenge" was scheduled to be presented at the school, according to a police report. A student discovered the threat Oct. 21 and reported it to school officials.

As part of Rachel's Challenge, the surviving brother of Columbine High School shooting victim Rachel Scott speak to students about the inspiring life his sister led.

Ijams pleaded not guilty during his arraignment hearing Monday, Nov. 2. He is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing Thursday, Nov. 19. A judge released Ijams on his own recognizance.

Ijams did not respond to a voicemail left at his home Monday.

Police are still investigating the veracity of the threat, Dudley Police Chief Steven Wojnar said during a telephone interview Monday.

See Wednesday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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