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Teen arrested for bringing explosive device to Eckstein

Posted by Mike on October 4th, 2012

Seattle Police today arrested a student at Eckstein Middle School for bringing a small explosive device on campus.

Staff at Eckstein, 3003 N.E. 75th Street, found the device during a search of the student’s backpack, police said.

From a press release:

SPD Arson/Bomb Squad Sergeant Verner O’Quinn says the small device—similar to a large firework—was not fully assembled. “Unless it was close to somebody,” Sgt. O’Quinn says. ”it would have only caused minor damage.”

Officers booked the student into Youth Service Center for possession of an explosive.

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3 reader comments so far ↓

  • 1 architectom // Oct 5, 2012 at 8:54 am

    My daughter came home yesterday and said “somebody had a knife and some weed at school”. Fortunately I had already received the principal’s voice mail and did my on-line homework. “Well, actually, sweetie…”.
    I admit I’m dealing with conflicting emotions. If you read the full report, you would know the “explosive device” was a firework. Not a bomb. Not a killing machine (I know no one said these things). I applaud the district for its prompt and thorough response. But in a zero tolerance environment, grays become blacks and information is communicated in extremes.
    It was wrong to bring the firework to school. What is elevated for me, though, is it was just plain stupid, and sometimes kids do stupid things. Let’s not forget, though, that there is a kid in this story, a human, a person growing into citizenship.
    Let’s first have compassion.

  • 2 Leviathan // Oct 5, 2012 at 11:34 am

    I take three kids to EMS daily (my two and a neighbor); they knew the kid that got arrested’s name and said he had a gun, three bags of meth and fireworks. Whether or not that is accurate is something that will become clearer later. The kid in question is widely known by a nickname that begins with “crazy”. That would tend to support the zero-tolerance policy.

  • 3 Bryant neighbor // Oct 6, 2012 at 9:02 am

    I think it supports the need for true counseling services at public schools.