A teenager who brought a homemade explosive devise to school Monday afternoon expressed interest in promoting the Islamic State, according to local police reports.
The suspect, who put a bomb in a backpack at Utah Pine View High School Monday, researched and promoted information on ISIS, police told local reporters Tuesday. There would have likely been mass casualties and damage had the bomb detonated.
He was arrested and now faces charges of manufacture, possession, sale, and the attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. The suspect, who has not yet been identified, is a teenage boy and a Pine View High School student.
The boy also admitted to taking down Hurricane High School’s American flag in February, shredding it, and replacing it with an ISIS flag. He also confessed to spray painting “ISIS IS COMI” on the school the same month.
The incident in Utah comes less than a month after a deadly shooting in Florida sparked calls for a renewed push for gun control.
Reports later showed federal, state and local government agencies repeatedly missed opportunities to prevent school shooter Nikolas Cruz from killing 17 people at Stoneman Douglas High School.
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