Teen accused of taking harmful chemicals to Timonium high school

May 13, 2007|By Laura McCandlish | Laura McCandlish,Sun Reporter

Baltimore County Police have charged a Dulaney High School senior with bringing a potentially explosive cocktail of chlorine and rubbing alcohol inside the building, sending a teacher to the hospital and evacuating the Timonium school for three hours.

Police said yesterday they charged Scott Michael Perry, 18, of the 3900 block of Eland Road with knowingly using a destructive device, disrupting school activities and reckless endangerment.

Perry is being held at the Cockeysville police station on $150,000 bail. He is scheduled for a bail review hearing tomorrow, county police spokesman Bill Toohey said.

A science teacher who found the hot plastic bottle of chemicals about 8 a.m. in a wastebasket in a second-floor boys bathroom, was taken to Greater Baltimore Medical Center after being overcome by the chlorine fumes, officials said. The teacher, Thomas Famulari, 59, was released later Friday afternoon, Toohey said.

Perry admitted to placing the chemicals in the bathroom during questioning by police Friday afternoon, Toohey said. Perry told police he brought in the rubbing alcohol and chlorine tablets half the size of golf balls from his home, police said.

It was the second time in nine days that a container filled with a suspicious liquid forced students from a Baltimore County school.

Two teenage girls were arrested at Sudbrook Magnet Middle School after a threatening note led to the evacuation and early closing of the Pikesville school May 3.

One of the girls printed and left as evidence a document from the Internet that explained how to construct a "soda pop bomb," according to a police report.

Dulaney students returned to the school building about 11 a.m., Toohey said.

About 80 juniors and seniors from the 1,950-student high school were off-campus Friday to take Advanced Placement tests in U.S. or European History at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, said senior Peter Bacon, the student representative to the Baltimore County school board.

Bacon, who was taking an AP test, said he recognized Perry's name and photo in the yearbook but had never talked to him.

"I know a lot of kids were getting interrogated," Bacon said by phone yesterday. "It's just been a lot of gossip going around. We don't know what's going on."

Officials from the Maryland Department of the Environment's emergency response and spill response teams, the hazardous materials unit of the Baltimore County Fire Department and the bomb squad of the county Police Department conducted the investigation at the school Friday morning.

Principal Lyle Patzkowsky said that students handled the situation well and that classes resumed after the evacuation.

"I'm certainly happy no one was injured or didn't at least suffer damage," Patzkowsky said yesterday. "Students and staff remained safe throughout the entire ordeal."


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