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Bomb Wounds 6 At Michigan High School, Police Find More IEDs

Newaygo, MI – Five students and a teacher were injured on Monday when a 16-year-old boy set off a homemade bomb at Newaygo High School.

Police received a call about the explosion just before 9 a.m. on March 8 after a student “brought a homemade explosive device into the classroom,” according to a press release distributed by Newaygo Public Schools.

Michigan State Police said the bomber was sitting at his desk when the bomb went off and sustained moderate-to-severe injuries, MLive reported.

Police said the motivation behind the bomb appeared to be a “severe lack of judgment,” NBC News reported.

“It was an isolated incident and it was not intended to hurt people, we do not believe,” police officials said at a press conference. “It’s under investigation so we have new facts coming in but it was definitely not something he intended to have happen.”

The wounded teenage bomber was transported to the hospital by ambulance, NBC News reported.

Four of the student’s classmates and a teacher who was nearby were also injured, according to the press release.

Newaygo Public Schools said the other four wounded students were transported to the hospital by their parents, the press release said.

The teacher also went to the hospital for treatment of their injuries.

Newaygo Public Schools said they evacuated the high school immediately after the explosion and all the schools in the county were put into lockdown.

The Michigan State Police bomb squad executed a search warrant at the bomber’s home on Monday afternoon after they were tipped there might be more improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in the residence, WXMI reported.

The bomb squad found multiple more devices inside the home located near Spruce Avenue and 95th Street in Brooks Township and detonated them.

The officers ran out of daylight before they could finish the search and had to continue their work on Tuesday, WXMI reported.

Classes at Newaygo High School resumed on March 9.

Michigan State Police were working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to determine what the bomber used to create the IEDs, WXMI reported.

Multiple hazardous-materials agencies from around the area responded to assist at the Newaygo High School crime scene, MLive reported.

Written by
Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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