- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 4, 2014

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - Two students who were arrested after a small bomb exploded at a Hawaii school last week have been suspended.

The 16-year-old boys were suspended for six days, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald (https://is.gd/brayvW) reported Tuesday.

The teens were arrested Thursday then released to their parents after a device described as a “bottle bomb” exploded outside an auditorium at Hilo High School on the Big Island. No one was injured in the incident.

No one was allowed to leave or enter the campus during a lockdown put in place. Police and fire officials gave an all-clear less than two hours later after finding no other devices on campus.

Police said they recovered the remnants of a plastic liquid container, as well as a liquid that was not immediately identified. The school of about 1,250 students is on the east side of the Big Island.

Juvenile police-aid officer Lt. Lucille Melemai said the boys are suspected of terroristic threatening, but the investigation continues. Melemai said she doesn’t know what action would follow if the boys were charged and convicted.

“It really depends on the child,” she said. “It’s a family proceeding, so I will have to discuss this with the prosecutors, and I’ll make a determination at that time.”

The boys were suspended for such things as insubordination, disorderly conduct and leaving a classroom during a lockdown without authorization, state Department of Education spokeswoman Donalyn Dela Cruz said. The suspensions could exceed 10 days if the boys were found to be culpable, she said.

It was not immediately clear if the device was meant to hurt anyone or if it was a prank.


Information from: Hawaii Tribune-Herald, https://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/

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