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Sheridan student charged with bringing explosive device to school

Apr 25, 2014


News-Register Staff

SHERIDAN — A Faulconer-Chapman School 13-year-old student was charged Thursday by the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office with one count each of manufacture and possession of a destructive device after he allegedly brought a potentially explosive item to school and showed it to other students.

The school is located at 332 S.W. Cornwall St.

The charges are Class C felonies. The student is a male, according to Capt. Tim Svenson, who did not release his name.

Svenson said the sheriff's office received a report from the K-8 school about 11:30 a.m. that a student had been detained in the office. He was found to be in possession of "explosive fireworks" contained in a glass vial.

"It was a combination of three different types of fireworks — firecrackers, Whistling Pete and crackling ball," Svenson said. "They had been modified, but a fuse had not been inserted."

The device was taken outside the school, the Oregon State Police Arson and Explosives Unit responded and determined it was a readily accessible explosive device., according to Svenson. The Yamhill County Juvenile Department was contacted and the students was ordered to be taken into custody.

"The student is facing school discipline," Superintendent Steve Sugg said. "There will be no policy changes as a result. We will review our response to this situation and look for ways to improve as we always do."

Sugg said school personnel responded quickly and appropriately to protect student safety.



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