Mark Kaercher wasn't asking much. The eighth-grade math teacher wanted his pupils to understand algebra. He wanted the school math competition to run smoothly. He wanted to go to the bathroom in private.

Reasonable expectations any other time, but lofty goals this spring at Newport Middle High School in Newport, N.H.

That's because bomb threats--all of them pranks--shut down the school of 750 children in grades 6-12 for several weeks in March.


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