Saturday, April 21, 2007

High School Student Arrested For Threats & Building Homemade Hand Grenades

At Clackamas High School in Clackamas, Oregon, a student was arrested after a tip that he planned to kill more students than the Virginia Tech incident using homemade hand grenade type bombs. With a search warrant police recovered bomb making materials that were being used in split open tennis balls to create explosive devices and recipe information for producing explosives.

Police explosives experts destroyed any assembled devices in a controlled explosion in the backyard to avoid any danger, but the other materials remain as evidence for the explosives and bomb threat charges that this student faces.

There is evidence that the student may have tried to bomb a moving car in another community to test the devices. If this can be proven, then more serious charges will follow.

Unlike the system that completely broke down that allowed the Virginia Tech gunman to avoid either mental health help or expulsion, the system in this Oregon school district may have avoided a serious incident that could have been potentially far worse than this week's tragedy at Virginia Tech.


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