Oregon Teen Allegedly Brought Homemade Bomb To School

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

An Oregon teen was arrested for bringing an explosive device to his St. Helens school.

The 16-year-old boy allegedly showed off the bomb to friends Friday morning at a McDonald’s before taking it to St. Helens High School, police said.

His friends told school officials, who called police and evacuated the school. Students were bussed to a local elementary school while a bomb squad swept the building.

The sophomore reportedly admitted to having a bomb in his locker. Police said the device was “explosive and certainly dangerous.”

“It could have hurt somebody,” said St. Helens Police Lt. Terry Moss. “To what end, I don’t know. We aren’t talking about a situation where you are going to blow up the whole school but certainly someone could’ve been hurt.”

“I was shocked. Who would bring that to school?" Kenny Collord, a friend, told KATU-TV.

The suspect allegedly told Collord he constructed the bomb himself.

"I guess his intention wasn’t to scare the school," he said. "He just brought it.”

The suspect was arrested and taken to Cowlitz County Juvenile Detention Facility.

Facing felony charges for possessing and manufacturing an explosive device and disorderly conduct, the teen is scheduled to face a judge on Monday, ABC News reported.

Moss praised the way the school handled the emergency situation.

"A complete evacuation of the campus is no small feat and they should be commended for the way it was handled," he said.

Sources: ABC News, KGW

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