Utah: ISIS-inspired teen attempted to detonate homemade device at high school

Utah: ISIS-inspired teen attempted to detonate homemade device at high school
ISIS graffiti at Hurricane HS, sprayed by Pine View student who later tried to detonate device at his own school. (Image via KUTV 2 SLC)

[Ed. – Pine View High School is in St. George, a town of about 80,000 in southwest Utah on the border with Arizona.]

Police said a homemade explosive device was the item discovered in a backpack at Pine View High School Monday, that forced the evacuation of the school. Police said if the device had detonated, it would have caused significant injury or death. Police have a suspect in custody.

A warrant served at the male juvenile’s home and items were found consistent with the materials used to build the device. Police also said the suspect had been researching information and expressing interest in ISIS and promoting the organization.

The boy has not been identified but police said he was attending a class at Pine View. …

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During the interview with investigators, the suspect admitted to taking the American flag down and replacing it with an ISIS flag at Hurricane High School.

The suspect also admitted to spray painting “ISIS IS COMI” on the school that same morning, police say.

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