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Police: Student sells suspicious material at Sanderson High

Posted April 17, 2013

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— A Sanderson High School student was arrested Wednesday on charges he sold potentially explosive materials at school, Raleigh police said. 

According to a search warrant, the 15-year-old told investigators that he learned how to make the substance on a YouTube video and had sold numerous bags of the material to other teens for years.

Wake County schools spokeswoman Renee McCoy, however, stressed that no students were ever in danger and that the substance was not explosive. Rather, she said, it contains a chemical compound that will produce smoke when it comes in contact with water.

Police searched the teen's home, but it's unclear what they found there.

The student's name was not released because of his age.

No other information was available.

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  • dwr1964 Apr 19, 2013

    Thats the problem now, thats why people blowing up everything because of "EXPERIMENTS" like this they need to give him some type of responsibility, for making and putting them up for sell. Suppose this type of explosive got into the wrong hands, of some lunatic. Stupid kids these days couldve blown up the darn school all because of stupidity.....tammydevans12

    Did you take the time to read the entire article before you went off putting your foot in your mouth?

  • SomewhereLeftOfRTP Apr 19, 2013

    Flour suspended in air can produce a powerful explosion.

    Sugar, mixed with a common garden chemical, makes a dandy solid rocket propellant.

    Eggs, when left unrefrigerated, produce hydrogen sulfide, a gas MORE TOXIC THAN CYANIDE.

    "Hello, BATF? Someone brought cupcakes to my child's school! LOCK DOWN EVERYTHING!"

    Centuries ago, people who knew how to concoct medicines or "magical powders" were feared, and sometimes burned as witches. Fortunately, in this enlightened age, we celebrate those who learn more about science -- by yanking them out of school, sending SWAT teams to their houses, and doing our utmost to throw everyone around them into a panic. Isn't progress wonderful?

  • tammydevans12 Apr 18, 2013

    Thats the problem now, thats why people blowing up everything because of "EXPERIMENTS" like this they need to give him some type of responsibility, for making and putting them up for sell. Suppose this type of explosive got into the wrong hands, of some lunatic. Stupid kids these days couldve blown up the darn school all because of stupidity.

  • davisgw Apr 18, 2013

    Over reaction by everyone! Ho could have been selling amonimum chloride and zinc powder. You know that sugar can be used to make burning compounds also.

  • Fireflies Rock Apr 18, 2013

    I think this report and reader comments is an overreaction to a kid using science to do something "cool"....make smoke. Isn't this what chemistry and experimenting is all about? The article specifies it wasn't explosive. Based on current events, they're taking it seriously, but it doesn't sound like a serious matter to me.

  • Rocknhorse Apr 18, 2013

    Exactly my point, dwntwnboy2!! For whatever reason, MANY parents today (not all, but many) feel that their children are entitled to a world with no boundaries and that all of society is responsible to ensure that. I've seen kids in restaurants wander from table to table and actually grab food off other diner's plates and the parents are oblivious to that and then act offended if someone speaks crossly to their sweet little bumpkin! *cringe* "they are just a baby and don't know better...." That's why parents are supposed to TEACH them! UGH! Don't get me started!!

    I've been called old fashioned and I take that as a very high compliment! My kids are taught to think, reason, respect themselves and others and they ARE accountable when they do wrong.

  • dwntwnboy2 Apr 18, 2013

    "kids have no sense of responsibility, respect and accountability"- and that falls squarely on the shoulders of the parents. If parents would BE parents and not just genetic material donors, we might be in a better place.

  • Krimson Apr 18, 2013

    RocknHorse: "Back in the day"

    I remember standing outside in the HS parking lot checking out deer that had been recently shot, guns and all still in my classmates truck... The teachers were more concerned about getting the kids back to class than they were about someone having a gun...

  • Krimson Apr 18, 2013

    Quad: "no tolerance no thinking"

    Exactly right... Baking Powder makes "smoke" when you add it to water...

    I too had a buddy get in trouble over HOT beer in the back of a car. He went fishing over the weekend and left his cooler in the bed of his truck. Later in the week, we had a softball game at Walnut Creek. After the game, a bike-cop comes by, sees the cooler, asks to see inside and then give him a ticket for having alcohol on Walnut Creek ground... Not one week later, Jimmy Buffet plays the Creek and WRAL is out there filming fans getting drunk as they tail-gate... Pathetic "no tolerance, no thinking" by that bike-cop...

  • ncsislamesauce Apr 18, 2013

    Typical over-reaction.

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