Promoting Student Who Left Bomb In Utah School, Also Destroyed American Flag

  • Promoting Student Who Left Bomb In Utah School, Also Destroyed American Flag

Promoting Student Who Left Bomb In Utah School, Also Destroyed American Flag

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

Police in southern Utah confirm additional charges are pending against a teenage student accused of bringing a homemade bomb to his high school in St. George.

Law enforcement officials are on the scene at the school.

An alleged would-be bombing at the 1,100- student school was ultimately thwarted when concerned classmates notified faculty and a school resource officer of the boy's "suspicious" backpack that had smoke coming out, cops said.

The homemade explosive device was taken to Pine View High School on Monday, 5.

Alert student noticed smoking backpack at high school in Utah; William La Jeunesse reports from Los Angeles.

Police refused to disclose his age or name and did not describe the homemade bomb in detail but said it "had the potential to cause significant injury or death".

No damage was reported and the school reopened Tuesday morning for classes.

"It was also determined that the male had been researching information and expressing interest in ISIS and promoting the organization", police added. After executing a search warrant of his home, some items were found that "were consistent with the material used to build the device placed at Pine View", St. George Police Capt. Giles said. The same student had recently taken an interest in ISIS. "Their immediate action played a large role in this incident ending with no injuries", the St. George Police Department said.

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.

The suspect also confessed to spray painting "ISIS IS COMI" on the school the same day, police said.

According to the Washington County School District, the student was only taking one class at the high school because he was part of the Success Academy, a partnership with Dixie State University that allows students to enroll concurrently for high school and college classes.

"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.

Hurricane Police officer Ken Thompson confirmed "charges are pending on our incident here with the flag".

A teenager who tried to detonate an explosive device at a Utah High School this week researched the terrorist group ISIS, police said.