Archive for Friday, January 23, 2009

Court hearing scheduled for Tonganoxie youth suspected of taking explosive device to school

A 12-year-old boy is said to appear Monday in Leavenworth County District Court.

January 23, 2009


— A 12-year-old Tonganoxie boy who took a homemade explosive device to school Thursday will appear Monday in Leavenworth County District Court.

Leavenworth County Attorney Todd Thompson said he was awaiting more information before deciding whether to file charges.

Tonganoxie police described the device as a cardboard BB wrapper, with a fuse, that had been packed with BBs and the powder from two M-80s.

Mike Vestal, Tonganoxie mayor and a police dispatcher, said the device had the potential to injure or kill people if ignited.

According to Tonganoxie police Lt. Billy Adcox, the youth had no intent to harm anyone. Thursday morning, the boy showed the device to other students, one of whom later told administrators about it.

The school was locked down and the Leavenworth City/County Bomb Squad safely detonated the device at a nearby rock quarry.

The student is serving a 10-day school suspension. A hearing will be at the school district’s central office during that period. Kyle Hayden, assistant superintendent, said the typical discipline for such an offense is expulsion for the remainder of the school year or for a full calendar year.

The boy was taken to the Leavenworth Juvenile Detention Center, where an official said Friday she could not discuss whether the boy was still there.


fatheadff 9 years, 1 month ago

Good ol Lt. Billy made it sound like a big firecracker on Thursday.... Gun powder and BB's sound ALOT more serious than firecracker .... The Super Troopers in Tongie are at it again..

Sharon Aikins 9 years, 1 month ago

I guess so if you consider the blast power of 1/3 a stick of dynamite a big ole firecracker, as stated in that article. A stick of dymamite is roughly 2.1 million joules, each joule having the capacity to blow an apple 1 meter straight up into the air, then you divide that by 3 and come up with 700,000 joules, that's one heck of a big apple pie. Or a lot of injured bystanders.

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