Southeast Middle School teens charged after bringing “pipe bomb” to school

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SALISBURY, N.C. — Two teenagers have been charged with weapon possession after bringing a pipe bomb to school.

School officials on Nov. 7 seized a suspicious device from a 13-year-old student and called the middle school’s resource deputy to investigate.

Detectives from the Criminal Investigation Division also were called to help in the investigation, as well as Explosives Ordinance Disposal (EOD) with the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office.

Through the course of the investigation, the device was determined to be an improvised explosive device commonly called a “pipe bomb.”

A second 13-year-old student was also identified as being involved in the manufacture of the device. Detectives interviewed both 13-year-old suspects and responded to both suspect’s homes but no additional devices were found.

Detectives determined the suspects had possessed the device at school but had no intent to use the device at school. It appears the device was intended to be used in a wooded area near one of the suspect’s homes.

The Cabarrus County Sheriff EOD took possession of the device for disposal.

Rowan Sheriff’s CID has filed charges of felony possession and manufacture of a weapon of mass death, and destruction and possession of a weapon on school grounds against each 13-year-old student.  Both students have been suspended from school.


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