Teen to stand trial for threat to girlfriend's school

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A Northgate High School student will stand trial on charges including terroristic threats and reckless endangerment after allegedly calling in a bomb threat Wednesday to Penn Hills High School, where his girlfriend attends school.

Police arrested Andre Milligan, 18, in connection with last week's bomb scare, in which an anonymous caller told 911 dispatchers, "There's six pipe bombs scattered around Penn Hills High School and I'm shooting every [racial slur] that go in there," according to a police affidavit. The call triggered an evacuation of students and employees to a nearby athletic facility, where police arrested six students for fighting.

Today District Judge Leonard Hromyak dropped Mr. Milligan's felony charge of causing catastrophe and substituted it with the misdemeanor of false alarm. Mr. Milligan still faces charges of terroristic threats, threat to use weapons of mass destruction and reckless endangerment.

Mr. Hromyak also agreed to reduce Mr. Milligan's bail to 10 percent of $10,000, on the condition that Mr. Milligan only leaves his house between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. He will be released today after his mother posts his bail, defense attorney Patrick Thomassey said.

"The most important thing is for him to get back in school," Mr. Thomassey said.

Mr. Thomassey said his client didn't want his girlfriend to have to be in school.

Mr. Thomassey called Mr. Milligan a "knucklehead," saying the 18-year-old used his mother's cell phone to call in the threat.

Mr. Milligan, who turned 18 in December, is "just a kid," his attorney said.

"He's very contrite about what happened," Mr. Thomassey said. "An 18-year-old kid doesn't think ahead to what happened."

Katie Park: kpark@post-gazette.com


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