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7th Graders Arrested for Bringing Explosive to School

Montgomery, AL – Four Montgomery junior high students, two 12-year-olds and two 13-year-olds, were placed in juvenile detention Wednesday for bringing a homemade bomb to their school.

According to Montgomery Police Captain Huey Thornton, a spokesman, the incident happened at about 10 a.m. at Bellingrath Junior High School. He said each boy was charged with rendering a terrorist threat and possession of explosive. All the criminal charges are felonies.

Thornton said the boys are accused of bringing a bottle filled with various types of household chemicals and planned to explode it in a restroom.

Montgomery County School Superintendent John Dilworth said another student overheard the boys and alerted a school security officer about the bomb.

The boys, whose names were withheld due to the ages, were suspended. Dilworth also said each could be expelled from school.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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