Boy Arrested For Bringing Dynamite To School

WARREN, Ohio (AP) - School officials who had been tipped by the boy's father stopped a student as he entered the building and found two sticks of dynamite and blasting caps in his coat Thursday.

No one was hurt and it wasn't clear whether the boy, believed to be a senior at suburban Champion High School, had intended to harm anyone.

The boy was arrested by police but there was no immediate word on any charges.

The boy, whose name was withheld by school officials, resisted the principal and assistant principal as they tried to check his jacket and felt something, Superintendent Pamela Hood said.

The boy's father had called police and said he was concerned that his son may have taken a gun, according to Hood, who said the dynamite apparently belonged to the father, an ex-miner. No weapon was found.

Hood said the boy had no major discipline problems. Asked if the boy intended to harm anyone, Hood said taking dynamite and blasting caps into a school spoke for itself.

The dynamite was removed from the 520-student school and was detonated safely near this northeast Ohio community about 50 miles southeast of Cleveland.

Students were evacuated and sent home early, and evening parent conferences and a girls' basketball game were canceled. There will be no classes Friday, which had been previously scheduled as an off day.

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