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Walton Co. teen arrested after GBI finds two bombs in his bedroom

12:28 AM, Oct 3, 2013   |    comments
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MONROE, Ga. -- Investigators say the white pipe and pink duct tape used to make one of the devices found inside the bedroom of a Monroe teen wasn't what had them concerned. It's what they say, he stuffed inside.

"He packed them with shrapnel and the shrapnel was only there to do harm to people," said Captain Greg Hall with the Walton County Sheriff's Office.

Hall says the boy's mother was cleaning his room when she found a pipe bomb packed with BB's and an empty box of shotgun ammunition. He says she also found a six inch knife sewn into his jacket. The GBI bomb squad found another crude device.

"The second one was an old inert grenade that he had packed with some powder and some more shrapnel," explained Hall.

Even though the teen is in custody, parents at Carver Middle school where he attends, said Wednesday they were still nervous about their children's safety.

"Our kids nowadays they are very curious and they learn on the internet how to make these things. We don't take these things lightly and we shouldn't," said Andrea Roberson while waiting to pick up her child.

The district says the principal made a robocall to parents letting them know there had been no threats. Hall says school resource officers interviewed some of the teenagers friends and searched his locker. They're convinced whatever the motive, the school wasn't involved.

Hall says the mother had been trying to get help for her son, but that in such a rural area, hadn't found many options.

An officer's report said the boy had been cutting up furniture in the family's house and throwing the knives into the wall, indicating problems long before his arrest.

Hall also said the boy had a court hearing scheduled for Tuesday on a separate criminal charge, but due to his age couldn't say more.

The boy remains in juvenile detention, charged with possessing explosives.

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