Third Student Charged In Rose High Bottle Bombs

A third J.H. Rose student has been charged in connection with last week's bottle bombs that went off in the high school.

Greenville police say another 14-year-old was charged with the same crime as the other two -- having a weapon on campus. Police say this is the final suspect in the case.

Police say the first 14-year-old was charged Thursday morning, while the second was arrested Friday.

It all happened around 11:30 a.m. Thursday. School officials say two bottles went off in what is called the trophy hallway, another in the cafeteria and two more in two different restrooms. No one was hurt.


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A second high school student has been charged by Greenville police after five bottle bombs went off Thursday morning at J.H. Rose High School.

Police say the 14-year-old was charged Friday and there is a possibility of a third arrest.

It all happened around 11:30 a.m. School spokeswoman Heather Mayo says household chemicals were mixed together in soda bottles.

Two bottles went off in what is called the trophy hallway, another in the cafeteria and two more in two different restrooms.

No one was injured.


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A teenager has been charged by police after five bottle bombs went off in a Pitt County high school Thursday morning. There were no injuries.

It happened around 11:30 a.m. at J.H. Rose High School. School spokeswoman Heather Mayo tells WITN News that a student used household chemicals and mixed them in soda bottles.

Greenville police have charged the 14-year-old with having a weapon on campus, a misdemeanor. He has been released to his parents. Police say they're now investigating the possibility that two other people were involved as well.

Mayo says two bottles went off in what is called the trophy hallway, another in the cafeteria and two more in two different restrooms.

The school system says had someone been close by they could have been hurt. Police tell WITN News that the bottles were blown to pieces.

Mayo says when the chemicals reacted it made a loud bang and caused smoke in the hallway, cafeteria and restrooms. She said there was no damage.

The school system originally told WITN that there was only one bottle bomb that went off in the hallway.

The New Jersey Department of Fire Safety says the devices are often made with plastic soda bottles, any size from 20 oz. to 3 liter bottles. The bigger the bottle, the bigger the explosion and dispersal area of its contents.

The New Jersey web site says it takes a dry ice bomb about 45 minutes to an hour to detonate, whereas the acid bombs can detonate within 5 to 15 minutes. Weather conditions will make this time vary.

Many fire crews treat the bombs as a "high-explosive device." While online videos often portray the bombs as harmless, they can cause severe burns, injuries and loss of hand and fingers, loss of hearing and loss of sight.


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  • by Greg Location: Greenville on Mar 10, 2010 at 12:49 PM
    Now kids. Why would you go and do a thing like that? Don't you have some homework you could be doing?
  • by Rampant Girl10 Location: Brook Valley, Greenville NC on Feb 21, 2010 at 06:31 AM
    You people act like your kids are perfect. You have no idea what they are doing. Do you know how easy it is to drop your kids off at school and they run off with their friends and skip school? You shouldn't say you know what your kids are doing, where they are, and who they are with all the time because you don't. The main ones who think this are the ones who your kids are running off with skipping school, smoking, and doing all kinds of crazy things. It's not just the black kids, it's actually more of the white students than black. How do I know this? Because I go there I know exactly what I am talking about. And Dave, you should not say that all rose students can't construct simple sentences. To wait....(again) putting a "d" where suppose is would not make sense. Get a life and worry about if your kids are out doing crazy acts with everyone else.
  • by Justin W. Location: Outside viewer on Feb 20, 2010 at 11:48 PM
    The thing that kills me, is that you people are all just ignorant. I understand you're worried about your children however This is NOT an act of Terrorism. Being in the Marine Corps, teaches you the definition which from Websters is defined as: –noun 1. the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, esp. for political purposes. 2. the state of fear and submission produced by terrorism or terrorization. 3. a terroristic method of governing or of resisting a government. Was this a random act of violence? Absolutely. However, his goals were not to intimidate his peers, or send a message to the White House but was intended as a practical joke (also to be anonymous), and did not damage government property. If anything this child should be sentenced to community service at an ER to learn the damages of physical violence. Get over this, it's not that big of a deal. If Drano touching you is the worst thing that's ever happened to you, you've had a good life.
  • by to Dave on Feb 19, 2010 at 05:59 AM
    It is even more sad that you have nothing better to do than to criticize others who are willing to go where you are not to try to make a change for Pitt County students.
  • by Dave Location: your memory on Feb 18, 2010 at 04:27 PM
    It's quite sad that these Rose students are not educated enough to construct simple sentences.
  • by wait...(again) on Feb 18, 2010 at 03:13 PM
    Aren't you supposed to be in class at 12:37, Student at Rose? Nonetheless, your second post was clearer. I was concerned by your first post. You should put a 'd' on that 'suppose' and say the bell rang or had rung, not the bell rung. Also, you should put an apostrophe in "arent" and, perhaps most importantly, capitalize I when referring to yourself! :) Be proud. Thanks for clarifying on the lunch issue; teacher apparently gave incorrect information when he/she said NO students were eating lunch.
  • by Respect & Fear Location: Pitt County on Feb 18, 2010 at 11:01 AM
    The problem with kids today is they have little respect for their parents and no fear. I am in my 30's and as a child, I feared and respected my parents. I was afraid of losing the respect of my parents if I did anything to disappoint them. I was afraid they would kill me or disown me if I screwed up. I wanted to make my parents to be proud of me and would never even dream of doing anything to bring them embarassment. My parents were MY PARENTS, not my friend or my buddy, and I am thankful of that.
  • by Student At Rose on Feb 18, 2010 at 09:37 AM
    To Wait... Thank you, but i know how to write just fine. I was just saying that i disagree with Teacher At Rose because of the fact that i was eating my lunch. A lot of people were. If he/she were teaching their class, how would they know if it was impossible for any student to be eating lunch at that time. I am not trying to be disrespectful, i am just commenting on a comment that didn't make sense to me.
  • by wait... on Feb 18, 2010 at 07:40 AM
    Dave, get a life. People like you are a big part of the problem. You clearly state that you would not be comfortable facing the dangers of the school setting, yet you criticize those who are not only willing, but also eager to try to help the youth do better for themselves. The teacher pointed out the positive things about Rose High and commented on the things that are challenges. The teacher also appears to have a great attitude about taking on a job most other people do not want. Yet, you want to comment on his/her writing skills? This is especially absurd considering how poorly written the vast majority of comments on this site are. Look at the comments by the students. Surely the commenting teacher, and others at Rose, can do nothing but help those kids improve if they had the support from parents and the community. By the way, Student At Rose, please go to class and learn to write.
  • by Wondering.. Location: Greenville on Feb 17, 2010 at 04:05 PM
    Thank God no child was blinded by these. Any parent not concerned about this is a fool. There are thousands of other kids in this county who did not see a need to risk peers or themselves. The total lack of empathy for others and thought of consequences for their actions is scary. Parenting skills are woefully missing in this county whether well off or not. I see poor values everyday. Start putting some time into your children and make the sacrifice that is required to be a good parent. Kids who become successful at life don't get that way by accident. It takes committed caring unselfish adults who give of their TIME not money.
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