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Student suspects in Hilo High explosion are suspended

By Gregg K. Kakesako

LAST UPDATED: 03:29 p.m. HST, Feb 04, 2014

Two Hilo High School students suspected of setting off a small explosive device at the school on Thursday have each been suspended for six days, the Department of Education reported.

Donalyn Dela Cruz, DOE spokeswoman, said the teens were suspended by the school for disorderly conduct and insubordination because they left a classroom during a lockdown without authorization.

Big Island police opened a terroristic threatening investigation and arrested two 16-year-old boys.

Further DOE disciplinary action will depend on the police investigation, Dela Cruz said.

Because the teens are minors the matter will probably be handled by the Family Court behind closed doors.

Hilo High School went into lockdown shortly after 11:30 a.m. Thursday after a small explosive device detonated in an open corridor outside the school's auditorium, Dela Cruz said.

No one was around when the explosion occurred. No one was injured.

Police responding to the scene found the remnants of a plastic container and an unidentified liquid substance.

The lockdown was lifted at the school at about 1 p.m.

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Graham wrote:
Six days...should be the rest of the school year....
on February 4,2014 | 08:41AM
So let me guess. You as a kid growing up never did anything stupid.
on February 4,2014 | 10:03AM
loquaciousone wrote:
There go their career hopes in law enforcement. Now they'll have to run for office and become politicians.
on February 4,2014 | 09:00AM
SueH wrote:
"...found a plastic liquid container and an unidentified liquid". Probably a plastic soft drink bottle and some water: remnants of a dry ice "bomb".
on February 4,2014 | 09:27AM
rnamiki wrote:
A year in prison sounds good.
on February 4,2014 | 09:27AM
gmejk wrote:
They could have killed or seriously hurt someone. What is suspension other than six days off from school? If you want to send a message to kids that you mean business you gotta do better than that. Otherwise two other idiots will blow something else off for six days off from school.
on February 4,2014 | 09:54AM
kaiakea wrote:
I agree punishment should be severe. But this kind of behavior does not come out of nothing. My guess is that both these two have had a long history of school failure. So then the issue is how did they fall between the cracks without receiving the help they needed? What agencies were responsible for providing it? A thorough investigation would give us many answers, I'm betting, and that info can help us help other students before they do something this dangerous.
on February 4,2014 | 11:37AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
SA is doing school suspension logs now? Wow. When making news some scape low.
on February 4,2014 | 12:06PM
Ulalei wrote:
One of my classmates blew up a stink bomb in ROTC class. It was stank.
on February 4,2014 | 12:19PM
goodvibrations wrote:
Maybe Honolulu should start a "Scared Straight" progam....
on February 4,2014 | 12:25PM
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