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ISIS-inspired Utah teen tried to blow up high school, police say

ISIS-inspired Utah teen tried to blow up high school, police say

The student, whose identity was not released, brought the homemade explosive to Pine View High School in St. George inside of his backpack on Monday.

Law enforcement officials are on the scene at the school. The suspect is a juvenile male who was attending Pine View High School and is believed to be inspired by ISIS; he was arrested and placed in juvenile detention, the St. George Police Department said.

The homemade explosive device was taken to Pine View High School on Monday, 5. The student saw the suspicious backpack in one of the school's common areas around 12:30 p.m. Monday.

If the device had detonated, it would have caused significant injury or death, St. George police said. Local media reports that the boy threatened to burn down the Charlotte Valley Central School in the town of Davenport. "Their immediate action played a large role in this incident ending with no injuries", the St. George Police Department said.

Authorities also said the teen is a suspect in the raising of the Islamic State group's flag on a pole at another Utah high school last month just after the Florida mass school shooting that was followed by numerous other threats to schools around the US.

A computer search indicated the youth had researched information about ISIS that was consistent with promoting the terrorist group.

The teen has been linked to a case of vandalism at the Hurricane High School on February 15 - a day after the mass shooting at the Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Authorities initially thought the graffiti and flag at the school were pranks...

Contemporaneous police statements based upon consultation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation indicated the perpetrator of the vandalism was not believed to be associated with ISIS and was not a threat to the safety of other students, an assertion that now appears to be at least half wrong; all that remains is to determine whether the would-be bomber was contacted by Islamic State agents after expressing interest in their propaganda.

Hurricane City Police confirmed that the boy was a suspect in raising the Islamic State flag and that charges will be forthcoming. The suspect had also painted the words "ISIS is comi" on the school building.

Washington County School District spokesman Steve Dunham said: "I think it is a shock to all of us that something like this has happened in one of our schools".

An unidentified male student of the school was arrested on Monday night and has been charged with the "manufacture, possession, sale, use or attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction", police said in a statement.

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