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December 16, 2003

Albany -- Two Albany High School students are arrested for making hoax 911 calls to disrupt exams. Two calls were made by cell phone to 9-1-1 Tuesday morning reporting a shooting near Albany High School.

Police rushed to the area and the high school was locked down under its Code Red plan to protect the students. But there wasn't a shooting. And within two hours, two ninth graders were taken to jail.

 Lt. James Williams of the Albany Police said "We take it serious. Because it stops operation of the whole school. And it took away the administrator from doing his job as well as the teachers. He focused on that threat until he got the individuals who did that crime."

 The students are 16 and 14 year old boys. They had a cell phone at school, even though it's against school rules.

Albany High Principal Dr. Gary Dorough said the hoax calls came after the first exam period was over, and did not disrupt the school's testing.

posted at 3:42 PM by jimw@walb.com