ISIS-inspired teen tried to set off backpack bomb in school: cops

Ashley Carr
March 8, 2018

The latest incident occurred Monday at Pine View High School in southwestern Utah, when an alert student noticed a backpack emitting smoke in a common area.

A teenager who brought a homemade explosive devise to school Monday afternoon expressed interest in promoting the Islamic State, according to local police reports.

The bomb threat, written on masking tape and found in two boys' bathrooms at the school, was reported at 11:34 a.m. Tuesday by the school's resource officer Police Officer Jake Hoffman, Hudson Police Chief L. Edward Moore said. After a bomb-sniffing canine confirmed the explosive was real, bomb techs disarmed the device, which police said could have caused "significant injury or death".

That happened on February 15, a day after a mass shooting at a school in Florida.

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

Police determined there was no credible threat and identified a male high school student who admitted to writing the note.

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The school was evacuated while local and federal officials investigated.

After obtaining a search warrant, police found materials in the teen's home matching those found in the bomb.

Fournier and police met to "review the note, examine the handwriting, consult the school cameras and the sign-out list of students who used the bathroom during "A" block".

Washington County School district spokesperson Steve Dunham said Monday while the lack of injuries sustained in the particular incident was "a great outcome", the act itself was nerve-wracking.

The student suspected of making threats was arrested and booked into Madera County Juvenile Hall, according to a statement from the police department. That teen was also arrested Tuesday.

According to Modesto Bee archives, there have been at least three investigations into school threats in Stanislaus County within the last month.

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