Student project creates a bomb scare

A student at Salem International University in West Virginia who tried to get creative by using a fake bomb in an English class presentation is in custody after a scare that disrupted the campus and had students in tears, the Associated Press reports. Harrison County Prosecutor Joe Shaffer says he’s charging 33-year-old Clarksburg resident Joshua John Richards with manufacture and possession of a hoax bomb. The misdemeanor is punishable by up to a year in prison upon conviction. Shaffer says he’ll also seek thousands of dollars’ restitution for the cost of the emergency response, which involved fire and police departments, sheriff’s deputies and a bomb squad…

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