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Posted at 2:54 PM ET, 02/ 8/2011

DC youth had "destructive device" at school

By Paul Duggan
Paul Duggan

A 13-year-old District middle school student was arrested Tuesday for allegedly bringing "a destructive device" to school, officials said. The specific nature of the device was not immediately disclosed.

Fred Lewis, a D.C. schools spokesman, said the student attends Jefferson Middle School in the 800 block of 7th Street NW. Lewis did not say whether the student, who was arrested by D.C. police, is a boy or a girl.

A police spokeswoman could not immediately provide any information about the incident.

Lewis said in a release that school security officers "found the device in a student's book bag when the student arrived at school. The dangerous device was confiscated by school leadership and MPD was called to the school."

The student "will not be allowed to return to the school pending the expulsion proceedings," Lewis said.

There were no injuries.

By Paul Duggan  | February 8, 2011; 2:54 PM ET
Categories:  Juvenile Justice, Paul Duggan, The District  
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Wonder if it was a plastic pen, w/ the ink cartridge removed, and plastic pellets?

Posted by: BEEPEE | February 8, 2011 4:09 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: jckdoors | February 8, 2011 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Michelle Rhee's pantyhose?

Posted by: jnt05334485verizonnet | February 9, 2011 4:36 AM | Report abuse

Sounds like the woman arrested for using a missile, throwing a slurppie. Welcome to the post 9/11 world where since we didn't find weapons of mass destruction we changed the definition. Now a shotgun is a weapon of mass destruction, I'm sure Saddam had a lot of those.

Posted by: tianyisun | February 9, 2011 6:27 AM | Report abuse

Under DC law, "unregistered pepper spray" is considered a "destructive device" on par with a pipe bomb. So it is no wonder that MPD is keeping their mouths shut.

Posted by: k_romulus | February 9, 2011 10:09 AM | Report abuse

According to WTOP, the device in question was a molotov cocktail.

Posted by: GP04 | February 9, 2011 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Um, Jeff is in SW, not NW.

Posted by: Polo138 | February 9, 2011 11:59 AM | Report abuse

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