Deputy: Student detonated device

Published 12:33 pm Saturday, September 14, 2013

An Escambia Academy student has been charged with making a terrorist threat after detonating an explosive device on campus Tuesday, according to Escambia County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Mike Lambert.

Lambert said because the student is a juvenile, not much information is available to the public. However, he confirmed the student was taken into custody Friday by deputies, transported to the Baldwin County Juvenile Detention Center in Bay Minette and formally charged.

“He has been dealt with both administratively and formally with charges,” Lambert said.

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According to Escambia Academy Headmaster Nancy Deabler, no one was hurt when the device was detonated Tuesday. Deabler also said the student has not received a punishment from the school, and called the situation something that has been “blown out of proportion.”

“It was nothing,” Deabler said. “There was no danger. It was just sort of an inconsequential thing.”

Deabler said she could not comment on any additional details about the incident at this time, due to the student’s age and the charges pending against him.