Boy with explosive device arrested

14-year-old found with apparent bomb at Floyd Dryden school

Posted: Sunday, May 22, 2005

Juneau police arrested a 14-year-old boy who was found in possession of an apparent homemade bomb Friday at Floyd Dryden Middle School, officers reported.

Police described item as an "improvised explosive device" and said it was in the possession of a student. No details of the device were released and no one was injured in the incident.

The boy was taken to the Johnson Youth Center, where he was lodged. Police reported that he faces a felony charge of third-degree weapons misconduct and a misdemeanor charge of fourth-degree weapons misconduct.

Information on the youth's identity is not available from juvenile court. Court proceedings in the case are not open to the public. An adult convicted of third-degree weapons misconduct would face as much as five years in prison.

Staff at Floyd Dryden Middle School called police at 1:56 p.m. Friday. Members of the department's bomb squad safely collected the device, removed it from the school and destroyed it, officers reported.

Police said they are continuing the investigation.

Earlier in the month, police investigated an incident at Juneau-Douglas High School in which gun threats were written on walls, windows and toilet seats of a third-floor girls restroom.

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