Teacher charged in 2nd bomb threat case pleads not guilty

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts teacher charged a second time with making a false bomb threat has pleaded not guilty.

Tina Fisher of Westfield was arraigned Wednesday in Hampden Superior Court. A judge granted the defense and prosecution’s request that she remain released on her own recognizance.

Authorities say the 46-year-old Ludlow High School teacher made the threat by leaving a note in a classroom in December. The school was evacuated. An inspection determined that there was no bomb.

Fisher had faced the same charge after a bomb threat was found in 2006 at an elementary school where she taught. That case was dropped.

School officials wouldn’t say whether Fisher is out on leave but sent a letter to staff saying a teacher was placed on leave when the investigation started.

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