Thursday, May 7, 2009

2 Students Charged With Explosion, Slaying Plot - Washington Post

Montgomery High School, Principal Were Allegedly Targeted

By Dan Morse and Aaron C. Davis
Washington Post Staff Writers
Thursday, April 30, 2009

Two Montgomery County teenagers have been charged with arson and conspiracy to commit murder in an alleged plot to kill the principal at their White Oak high school with a nail-filled bomb and then trigger a major explosion inside the school, authorities said yesterday.

The Springbrook High School students -- juniors ages 18 and 17 -- are suspected of having set three fires at the school, including one Tuesday before the discovery of the plot that led to their arrests, police said.

According to police, the students planned "in the near future" to throw the bomb into the principal's office, and then puncture a gas pipe in the school's auditorium and use an incendiary device to set off an explosion.

Montgomery Police Chief J. Thomas Manger said investigators think the students "really had an intention of doing this."

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