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April 28, 2013

Weapon charge filed against minor

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — A 14-year-old student at a school in Orleans County chose the wrong items to experiment with last Wednesday.

The student, whose name and the school he attends have not been released because he is a minor, caught the attention of his teachers and administrators when he told them he had brought materials to the school consistent with those used in bomb-making. 

School officials contacted law enforcement, and officials from the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department charged the student with unlawful possession of a weapon by a person under 16. 

According to Chief Deputy Thomas Drennan of the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department, the student made no threats against any others, nor did there appear to be any intent to build and discharge any explosives.

However, Drennan said, “The potential was there for him and others to get hurt” based on the materials he had. The specific list of materials have not been released. According to the Sheriff’s Department report, they were “common to the construction of homemade bombs and/or improvised explosive devices.”

Drennan stressed that last Wednesday’s situation should not be compared to other recent tragic events across the country.

“This was a young kid who wasn’t able to do what people may think he was trying to do,” Drennan said.

The student was more “fascinated” with the materials and what they could do rather than trying to use them to cause harm, he added.

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