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Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 06/11/2010

Student had bomb book, school plans

By Michael Birnbaum

A student at a Silver Spring high school was caught with a bomb-making book and plans of the school, officials said Friday, but they are not treating it as a serious threat.

Several students notified Northwood High School officials Wednesday that a 15-year-old girl had a book containing information on how to construct a bomb. The police officer assigned to the school spoke to the girl, who acknowledged having the book and drawing up the plans of the school, Cpl. Dan Friz, a Montgomery County police spokesman, said Friday.

Friz said police executed two search warrants but did not find any bomb-making material, and that the girl had a "mental health history." The Montgomery state's attorney's office is not, "as of this point," pursuing charges, Friz said, but instead was steering her toward a mental health program and monitoring her behavior.

Northwood High Principal Henry R. Johnson Jr. sent a letter home to parents Thursday detailing the incident. In it, he said officials "do not feel that the students or school were in any danger."

-- Michael Birnbaum

By Michael Birnbaum  | June 11, 2010; 12:44 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  
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"caught with a bomb-making book and plans of the school"

Caught? Caught? What kind of word choice is that? It implies that what she was "caught" with was somehow illegal, which it isn't. Books aren't illegal in America, no matter their subject -- at least not yet.

Posted by: kcx7 | June 11, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

kcx7 - Not illegal in America, but school systems have a responsibility to protect our kids, and therefore have different criteria for determining what books are "allowed" in the schools. Porn is not illegal in America, but not allowed in schools....

Posted by: gonchpup | June 11, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

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