Student Caught Igniting IED At Utah High School Raised ISIS Flag

Police averted an ISIS-inspired high school bombing in Utah.

St. George, UT – Police were able to thwart an attempted bombing at a Utah high school on Monday, after students noticed smoke coming from a backpack in the school cafeteria and alerted a school resource officer.

"I came around the corner and I could smell smoke,” Jack Whalen told the St. George News. “As I walked by, I looked inside of it, and I could see the matches inside of it.”

Pine View High School’s 1,100 students were immediately evacuated, The Spectrum reported.

A bomb-detecting K9 and members of the FBI, the Washington County Bomb Squad, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, and the Washington County School District responded to the school at approximately 12:20 p.m.

“The item in the backpack was an improvised explosive device [I.E.D.] that failed to function,” the St. George Police Department (SGPD) said in a press release.

“It was designed, and placed in a specific location, at a specific time, for the purpose of spreading shrapnel in a manner that was intended to injure and/or kill as many people as possible in the vicinity of the backpack,” the release said.

Authorities disarmed the device, and investigators were able to obtain and execute a search warrant at the residence of a juvenile male suspect, who was a student at the school, the SGPD said.

Officers said they found bomb-building materials inside the teen’s home, which were consistent with those used to construct the device discovered inside the backpack.

Investigators also learned that the suspect had been researching and promoting ISIS propaganda online.

The unnamed student was arrested at the school’s football stadium, where he and his classmates were staged following the evacuation, ABC News reported.

He was also identified as a suspect in connection with a vandalism at Hurricane High School on Feb. 15, during which the school’s American flag was replaced with an ISIS flag, according to The Spectrum.

“ISIS is comi–,” the vandal spray painted on one of the school’s outside walls.

Hurricane police said they planned to file charges against the teen with regard to the vandalism.

The juvenile male remained in custody, and has been charged with manufacture, possession, sale, use or attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, the SGPD said.

Additional charges may be pending.

Washington County School District spokesman Steve Dunham credited the first responders for affecting a “great outcome,” despite the potentially catastrophic consequences of the situation.

“It has been phenomenal,” Dunham told the St. George News. “Nobody has been hurt, and the students are on their way home safe."

The SGPD noted that the students who reported the suspicious backpack were the primary reason for the positive outcome.

“We’d like to recognize and thank the students who notified faculty and the SRO,” the SGPD said. “Their immediate action played a large role in this incident ending with no injuries.”

Comments (22)
No. 1-22
Trump
Trump

I played "Guess the race" of the Terrorist who was trying to detonate a homemade IED as soon as I read the first paragraph. Right again. Easy peasy. @DieselDawg

bronx163
bronx163

Terrorist come in all shapes sizes and races.
Isis has been targeting white teen recruits on social media for yrs.

bronx163
bronx163

And here we are American kid attempts to kill his own.
Sick shit. Why didnt fbi collar him?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Trump was he white? I bet he was white. In Utah. Inspired by ISIS. Sounds very white. @DieselDawg, @RunCop, thoughts?

b1rd
b1rd

@Hi_estComnDenomn

13 mins
TrumpTrump said: I played "Guess the race" of the Terrorist who was trying to detonate a homemade IED as soon as I read the first paragraph. Right again. Easy peasy. @DieselDawg
@Trump was he white? I bet he was white. In Utah. Inspired by ISIS. Sounds very white. @DieselDawg, @RunCop, thoughts?
.
Like guessing if the criminal was black in LA or Chicago?

b1rd
b1rd

They are still trying to figure out Florida.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@bronx163 FBI has more important things to worry about right now than following up on terrorist white kids.

Like how to prosecute a college basketball coach for paying for a pizza and a beer to eat with one of his players.

bronx163
bronx163

Lolol hey calf welcome back. Fbi should of took custody of this kid.

b1rd
b1rd

You must have meant sheep. @Hi_estComnDenomn is just mad about the pizza. If they were depriving white kids of pizza he would be all over that. In a different way ya know.

Trump
Trump

@b1rd i guessed he was white, Reddit confimed it.

b1rd
b1rd

As I said before. "Like guessing if the criminal was black in LA or Chicago?"

b1rd
b1rd

Scroll up dummy.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@bronx163
Thanks, had a wedding/vacation in Japan, now back to the US fuckery.

And agreed. FBI priorities are out of wack right now, and I blame your boy Trump. Before you get butthurt about that, every other administration, dem or repub, has taken the brunt of FBI screw ups. But for some reason it seems this administration gets to pass the blame.

bronx163
bronx163

Fbi first has always been known in pd community as federal bureau of idiots. They always screw shit up. Regardless of what
administration thats their history. Hiring only accountants and buisness majors instead of seasoned cops is retarded.
You can not teach real police work in some million dollar academy and some 300k movie set.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@bronx163
I won't totally write them off, because they are pretty good at intel gathering and passing that on for other sources to act on, despite their recent public screw ups. But you are right that they are pretty bad at on the ground police work.

bronx163
bronx163

Like my old man would say when he walked the earth. Good and bad in everything.
36k cops in nypd we have more of out share of fuck ups but have more courages cops than screwups. Fbi can say the same but they have more arrogant and retarded mindset. I remember on patrol in south bronx fbi agen doing a stakeout solo on shibag block with clean and obvious looking cop car or fed unmark and got made by gang bangers and started throwing airmail from the bldg. agent had to call a 10-13 via 911 for help. Guy was even dressed like a suburban wall st jogger. Atleast dress the part. I was laughing my ass off.

bronx163
bronx163

Yea left out some commas and periods thats my m.o. lol

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

They do stick out, everwhere. I have a former Navy friend who now works for them, and his idea of casual attire is creased khakis, a worn baseball cap and a Members Only jacket. He couldn't look more like a Fed if he tried.

Smart guy and a fantastic analyst, but can't blend in for shit.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

He dresses like this guy. From the haircut, to the tactical glasses, to the tactical watch, to the ill-fitting pants.

"hello, I'm totally not an undercover agent. I would like to purchase some narcotics, do you have any to sell me?"

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Heezels
Accurate.