Utah Police Say Teen Who Attempted to Detonate Explosive Device Researched ISIS

I could smell smoke’ High school evacuated as ISIS-supporting student brings bomb to class

A student has been charged with bringing a homemade bomb to Pine View High School in St. George, Utah.

The school was evacuated for two hours as law enforcement agents investigated the scene.

The bomb was found in the student's backpack, emitting smoke and prompting an evacuation.

"From that initial investigation, it was determined that a homemade explosive device was inside the backpack".

The backpack was left in the cafeteria of the high school during lunch where some students noticed it smoking.

"Initially they evacuated that area, but as soon as they realized they were dealing with a larger issue, and more potential for injury or damage, the decision was made to contact the principal of the school, and the SRO conducted an evacuation of the school with the principal", Giles said. "Based on our investigation we can confirm this was a failed attempt to detonate a homemade explosive at the school", the department stated.

'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.

"We'd like to recognize and thank the students who notified faculty and the [school resource officer] of the suspicious backpack", police said in the statement, Buzzfeed reported.

The authorities additionally determined that the male student "had been researching information and expressing interest in ISIS and promoting the organization".

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. The same student had recently taken an interest in ISIS. That happened on February 15, a day after a mass shooting at a school in Florida.

Someone had shredded the American flag that normally graced Hurricane High School's premises and replaced it with an ISIS-like flag.

When the ISIS flag was raised at the neighboring high school, someone also spray-painted "ISIS is comi [ng]" on the outside of the building.

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.

"I could smell a smoke smell and my friends actually saw it before I did", 17-year-old Pine Valley student Jack Whalen told local media outlet KUTV. He says a search of the teen's home found evidence that ties him to the case at Hurricane High School.

On Tuesday, police confirmed the teen is connected to the earlier incident at Hurricane High.



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