Police said a homemade explosive device was the item discovered in a backpack at Pine View High School Monday, that forced the evacuation of the school. Police said if the device had detonated, it would have caused significant injury or death. Police have a suspect in custody.
A warrant served at the male juvenile’s home and items were found consistent with the materials used to build the device. Police also said the suspect had been researching information and expressing interest in ISIS and promoting the organization . . .
During the interview with investigators, the suspect admitted to taking the American flag down and replacing it with an ISIS flag at Hurricane High School.
NEW: @sgcitypubsafety is charging the suspects "failed attempt to detonate a homemade explosive" inside Pine View High School yesterday with:
76-10-402: Manufacture, possession, sale, use or attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction prohibited.
📸 –> Jack Whalen pic.twitter.com/gJQ5Q8OZ74
— D.J. Bolerjack (@DJBolerjack) March 6, 2018
The suspect also admitted to spray painting “ISIS IS COMI” on the school that same morning, police say.
On Monday afternoon, investigators served a search warrant at the suspect’s home, which found several items that tied the suspect to the crime at Hurricane High School. (Read more from “Teen Tries to Detonate Bomb at High School, Allegedly Flew ISIS Flag” HERE)