A Utah high school student has been arrested on suspicion of bringing a homemade bomb to school in his backpack and attempting to detonate it, authorities said today. The student had allegedly researched information on the Islamic State terrorist group.
Classmates of the suspect stopped the alleged bombing attempt Monday at Pine View High School in St. George, Utah, when they spotted smoke coming from his backpack and alerted a school resource officer. The school was immediately evacuated and a bomb squad was called to detonate the device. They determined that the device had the potential to cause significant injury or death.
Investigators searched the suspect’s house and found materials consistent with manufacturing a homemade explosive, officials said. They also allegedly uncovered evidence that the juvenile male, whose name has not been released, had researched information about ISIS and expressed interest in promoting the terrorist group.