Clanton student in custody after explosive device brought to sch - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Clanton student in custody after explosive device brought to school

Posted: Updated:
The homemade device was secured by authorities. (Source: Clanton Police Department) The homemade device was secured by authorities. (Source: Clanton Police Department)
  • More newsMore>>

  • Foul play not ruled out in fatal Wilcox County blaze

    Foul play not ruled out in fatal Wilcox Co. blaze

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 12:23 AM EDT2014-07-29 04:23:03 GMT
    Mable Davis could do nothing but watch as flames devoured the home across the street, where her sister, Patricia Nickelson had been staying with her long time boyfriend. He got out of the burning houseMore >>
    Multiple calls and email to the WSFA 12 Newsroom took our news crews to the town of Camden. Two recent deadly fires there have many in the community on edge. The families of the victims want answers.  Are the fires related?  Do authorities suspect arson? WSFA took their questions to county and state officials.
    More >>
  • Teacher hit by train expected to make full recovery

    Teacher hit by train expected to make full recovery

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:53 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:53:06 GMT
    Officials at the Smiths Station Fire Department say the victim, later identified as Vivian Martin, was transported to Midtown Medical Center with what appeared to be non life-threatening injuries.More >>
    Multiple sources tell News Leader 9 that a Smiths Station teacher was hit by a train earlier today in Lee County.

    Officials at the Smiths Station Fire Department say the victim, later identified as Vivian Martin, was transported to Midtown Medical Center with what appeared to be non life-threatening injuries.
    More >>
  • Committee selects new Houston County Sheriff candidate

    Committee selects new Houston County Sheriff candidate

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:44 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:44:08 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)
    The Houston County Republican Executive Committee agreed on a replacement for outgoing Sheriff Andy Hughes on Monday. Current Houston County Chief Deputy Donald Valenza will replace HughesMore >>
    The Houston County Republican Executive Committee agreed on a replacement for outgoing Sheriff Andy Hughes on Monday.More >>
CLANTON, AL (WSFA) -

A student at Clanton Middle School is in police custody after authorities say he brought a small explosive device to school Friday.

Clanton Police Chief Brian Stilwell says the homemade device was secured by authorities and the student was taken into custody and transported to the police department for questioning.

Officials in no way believe the student had ill intent or was threatening the school or any student. Clanton Police Chief Brian Stilwell tells WSFA 12 News it appears to have been "a stupid mistake."

The bomb was packed in a play dough container and contained gun powder, fireworks, BB's, and there was even a fuse. Officials say the 12-year-old didn't have a lighter on him or any way to ignite it.

They found it in his pants and say he brought it to school to show off and was trying to sell it to other students. Police did place the school on lock down until they found it and determined everyone was safe. The child has been charged with possession of a destructive device.

"He said he saw a video on YouTube and that was his inspiration for the device he designed," said Captain David Clackley of the Clanton Police Department. "I think it was just a kid with an imagination that had some poor judgement by bringing it to school and probably some poor judgement by building that large of a device without some type of precautions because had it gone off at his house it could have destroyed his home or injured him or some of his family members."

Captain Clackley said in his 14 years in law enforcement, this is the first time he has ever experienced a student to bring a bomb to one of the Clanton schools. Officials say now it will be up to the juvenile court system to decide what the 7th grader's punishment will be.

Another student reportedly alerted school officials to the explosive device and school officials then called police.

Copyright 2014 WSFA 12 News.  All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow