Archive for Thursday, March 11, 2004

Explosive device’ confiscated at Mill Valley

March 11, 2004

Shawnee police officers last week questioned two teenage students in connection with possession of an improvised explosive device at Mill Valley High School.
Officers were called at 3 p.m. Tuesday to the 5900 block of Monticello Road, where a school resource officer had detained and questioned two 16-year-old Mill Valley students and recovered a homemade explosive device, said Capt. Larry Larimore of the Shawnee Police Department.
Larimore said a Lenexa boy had brought the device to the school and had intended to sell it to a Shawnee boy. Larimore said the Lenexa boy had shown the device to other students, who informed school administrators about the device.
No other information about the suspects was known.
No bomb threats were made, and the boys weren't arrested, Larimore said.
Officers initially classified the case as criminal possession of an explosive device. Larimore said the charge likely would be modified to criminal use of an explosive after investigation of the device.
Larimore said possession of an explosive device related to possession of an explosive that used illegal commercial agents. The criminal use classification relates to crude, homemade devices, Larimore said.
The police report was sent to the Johnson County District Attorney office for review, Larimore said. The school resource officer will consult with the district attorney before formal charges are filed against the boys later this month, Larimore said.
De Soto USD 232 Superintendent Sharon Zoellner said district officials were able to determine Tuesday evening that students would not be at risk when they returned to school the next morning.
Assistant Superintendent Bill Gilhaus was in charge of the district's response, Zoellner said. She and the board were kept informed of the situation.
"The police were bought into the situation immediately, and they gave us their professional judgment as well," Zoellner said.
The two students were disciplined by the district, Zoellner said.
"We discipline all students who violate our rules," she said.
Zoellner said she wasn't able to reveal the nature of disciplinary action taken against the students.

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