The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

November 14, 2012

Student brings TNT to school

By MARK TODD - mtodd@starbeacon.com
Star Beacon

JEFFERSON — School officials and the county prosecutor’s office are mulling possible criminal charges against a 16-year-old boy who brought an explosive to the Ashtabula County Technical and Career Center late last week, according to the county sheriff’s office.

The device, which a deputy in his report described as dynamite, was found in the student’s backpack Friday morning.

Another student informed school administrators about the device shortly after the start of classes, deputies said. The boy told a fellow student he might detonate it in the school’s auto mechanics class, deputies said.

The boy was confronted and a search of the backpack turned up a “cylindrical” object, about four inches in length, that was capped on both ends, according to a report. A small fuse protruded from the center of the object, deputies said.

The boy, who lives in Geneva Township, told deputies he stuck the device in his backpack a while ago with the intention of meeting a buddy after school to “blow stuff up.” The student stressed he had no intention of igniting the device inside the school, according to a report.

Deputies said the boy obtained the explosive from the garage at his home. The student’s father got the device from a “guy in Pennsylvania” and no more remained at home, deputies were told.

Deputies took the device to a “safe location,” then handed it over to members of the Lake County Bomb Squad for disposal.

The student was suspended 10 days and expulsion is a possibility, according to a report. Criminal charges are under review, deputies said.