A teenager who brought a homemade explosive devise to school Monday afternoon expressed interest in promoting the Islamic State, according to local police reports.
The suspect, who put a bomb in a backpack at Utah Pine View High School Monday, researched and promoted information on ISIS, police told local reporters Tuesday.
There would have likely been mass casualties and damage had the bomb detonated.
He was arrested and now faces charges of manufacture, possession, sale, and the attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction.
The suspect, who has not yet been identified, is a teenage boy and a Pine View High School student.
Utah student who vandalized Hurricane High School, took home-made bomb in Pine View High School https://t.co/kim35DZiaV
— Pritha Paul (@ZiggyZina143) March 7, 2018
He also confessed to spray painting “ISIS IS COMI” on the school the same month.
St. George, Utah- Teen drawn to ISIS brought homemade bomb to Pine View High School pic.twitter.com/OCLJryEC07
— THREAT-CADRE, LLC (@THREATcadre) March 7, 2018
The incident in Utah comes less than a month after a deadly shooting in Florida sparked calls for a renewed push for gun control.
Reports later showed federal, state and local government agencies repeatedly missed opportunities to prevent school shooter Nikolas Cruz from killing 17 people at Stoneman Douglas High School.
Teenage ISIS Supporter Arrested After Utah School Backpack Bomb Fails To Detonate – A Utah Teenager who supports ISIS has been arrested after a backpack bomb failed to detonate at Pine View High School. 17-year-old Jack Whalen and his friends noticed … https://t.co/Vkx58MJTAE
— SINL (@sinl) March 7, 2018
A version of this article appeared on The Daily Caller News Foundation website.
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