Boy charged with possession of chemicals

Vials discovered in locker at Franklin Middle School

January 11, 2001|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Baltimore County police have charged a 12-year-old Franklin Middle School pupil with possession of an explosive/incendiary device after school officials found vials of household chemicals in his locker Tuesday.

Cpl. Vickie Warehime, a police spokeswoman, said the seventh-grader was arrested on the felony charge late Tuesday. Police are withholding his name because he is charged as a juvenile.

The chemicals are being analyzed, but the boy told police the vials contained a mixture of an anti-static spray and hydrogen peroxide, Warehime said.

"They were searching his locker for an unrelated reason when they discovered" the vials, Warehime said. "When they discovered that, he stated he planned to sell it as bomb-making material."

School officials called police who in turn summoned the Fire Department's hazardous material team. Twenty-five children were evacuated from the building.

Warehime said police found no evidence of similar chemicals at the boy's Reisterstown home.

The pupil, who was released to his parents, has been suspended and will face an expulsion hearing next week, school officials said.

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