Sanderson High student gave others ‘explosive material,’ Raleigh police say

From staff reportsApril 18, 2013 

— The day after three people died in a bomb attack on the Boston Marathon finish line, a girl went to officials at Sanderson High School and said a male student had given her a bag of “explosive material,” Raleigh police said.

Police immediately found the student she had named and found he had the explosive material, too, they said in a search warrant for his parents’ house,.

Police have not disclosed what the material contained or how volatile it was as distributed.

In a phone message to parents, Greg Decker, the Sanderson principal, called it “a smoke-producing chemical” that five students got from the other youth.

The student admitted he had been “selling and/or providing this explosive material to other students” for several years, Detective A.M. Holmes told a magistrate in asking for permission to search the Sawmill Road house.

The student told police he had more than a pound of the material at home, Holmes wrote.

It appeared that students were unclear about what they had.

When the student gave police names of other students to whom he had passed the material and they were questioned, one “made the comment questioning if he could blow up the school with the material,” the warrant said.

“Appropriate administrative and legal proceedings are under way regarding the students,” Decker said in his message.

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