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Investigators allege student who claimed to find bomb threat wrote it

LCTI student reported finding a threatening note

N. WHITEHALL TWP., Pa. - Authorities allege that the student who claimed to find a threatening note at a Lehigh County technical school was really the one who wrote it.

Pennsylvania State Police charged Kaedie M. Rodriguez with single counts of terroristic threats and disorderly conduct in connection with a bomb threat made Tuesday at Lehigh Career and Technical Institute. District Judge Tom Creighton arraigned the 19-year-old Allentown resident later that night, setting bail at $10,000.

State police were called to the school at 4500 Education Park Drive in North Whitehall Township shortly after 9:30 a.m. after a student reported finding a bomb threat about 15 minutes earlier. Authorities said Rodriguez found the note that read, “I am going to blow up the school @ 9:30,” according to court records. The school was evacuated as a result.

Investigators said the note was written on a piece of lined notebook paper and that the handwriting appeared to have been intentionally disguised.

During an interview with state police, Rodriguez said she had visited the attendance office to check on her absences because she wanted to take the day off on Wednesday. After leaving the office, she told investigators that she passed a normally empty computer lab, noticing that the light was on. When she looked inside, Rodriguez said she noticed a folded note on the floor, according to records. She reported picking up the note and later giving it to a school official.

Investigators said the note was not folded as described by Rodriguez.

Video surveillance in the hallway allegedly shows Rodriguez stopping only briefly in the doorway of the computer lab, where she claimed to find the note. She later showed a school official where she allegedly found it, but authorities said video surveillance doesn’t show her picking anything up as she had claimed.

Video surveillance doesn’t show anyone else in the area at the time or anything in Rodriguez’s hand, according to investigators.

Court records do not indicate why Rodriguez may have may the alleged threat.

Rodriquez, of Madison Street in Allentown, was released from custody Tuesday after a bondsman posted bail her behalf. Her next court date is a preliminary hearing tentatively scheduled for May 21.

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