Teen charged with bringing homemade bomb to Utah school

2018-03-07 12:32
(iStock)

(iStock)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

St George - A teenage student at a southern Utah high school has been charged with bringing a homemade bomb to the school that was discovered in a backpack emitting smoke and prompted an evacuation, police said on Tuesday.

The boy was arrested on Monday night after Pine View High School in the city of St George was evacuated for two hours that afternoon while the FBI and a bomb squad investigated.

Police declined to identify the arrested teen or give his age.

Authorities also said the teen is a suspect in the raising of the Islamic State group's flag on a pole at another Utah high school last month just after the Florida mass school shooting that was followed by numerous other threats to schools around the US.

No one was hurt on Monday after the backpack was found in a common area of the school by a student who reported it to a teacher.

The boy was arrested and booked into a detention centre on charges of manufacture, possession, sale, use or attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, St George police said in a statement.

No one was hurt, no damage was reported and the school reopened on Tuesday morning for classes.

Police did not describe the homemade bomb in detail but said it "had the potential to cause significant injury or death".

"Based on our investigation we can confirm this was a failed attempt to detonate a homemade explosive at the school. It was also determined that the male had been researching information and expressing interest in ISIS and promoting the organisation," police said.

'A shock to all of us'

Police in the city of Hurricane about a half-hour drive from St George tweeted on Monday night that the teen who was arrested is also suspected of raising an Islamic State group flag in February at Hurricane High School.

That happened on February 15, a day after a mass shooting at a school in Florida. Authorities initially thought the graffiti and flag at the school were pranks.

The backpack at Pine View High School was found by a student who reported to a teacher that smoke was coming out of it shortly after noon on Monday, St George Police Captain Giles said.

The teen who was arrested was attending class at the school, St George police added.

"A warrant was served on the residence of that juvenile and items were located that were consistent with the material used to build the device placed at Pine View," police said.

School District spokesperson Steve Dunham said the school with about 1 100 students hadn't experienced any similar incidents in recent years.

"I think it is a shock to all of us that something like this has happened in one of our schools," he said.

In the case at Hurricane High School, the US flag was found on the ground and slashed with a flag with Arabic letters waving from the flagpole.

The FBI analysed an image of the flag that had been raised and agents determined the group was not involved, said Hurricane police officer Ken Thompson.

KEEP UPDATED on the latest news by subscribing to our FREE newsletter.

- FOLLOW News24 on Twitter

Read more on:    utah

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/News
Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.