Man, teen charged with making bombs and threatening Midlands middle school
LEXINGTON COUNTY, S.C. (WACH)-- A Lexingon County man and teenager have both been charged with making homemade bombs after explosive materials were found at the man's home in Leesville.
According to arrest warrants 57-year-old Peter John Munson was charged with possessing or threatening to use a destructive device. The teen, who is not being identified because he is under he age of 17, was also charged with threatening to use a destruction device and released to custody.
According to Lexington School District One, a parent of a student at White Knoll Middle School called an administrator at the school Tuesday morning to report that a WKMS student had posted some alarming information on social media that included a threat to the school.
The school took the report very seriously and contacted the sheriff's department immediately through the School Resource Officer.
“This case started this week with a community tip to one of our school resource officers about a threat made against White Knoll Middle School,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said.
“Our investigation led us to Munson’s home, where detectives executed a search warrant Tuesday. They found a homemade explosive mixture as well as items and chemicals used to produce incendiary devices.”
Evidence of a used incendiary device was located in Munson's yard according to Koon.
In addition to contacting law enforcement the the school contacted the student's parents and suspended the student in accordance with board policy and district procedure.
Munson turned himself in Thursday morning and was at the Lexington County Detention Center, but was released Thursday afternoon on a personal recognizance bond.
The teenager will appear in Lexington County Family Court at a later date.
The school district issued a statement on the incident:
Lexington District One does not tolerate this kind of behavior and feels that every child deserves a safe learning environment. For this reason and in accordance with applicable policies and procedures, school administrators recommended the student for expulsion. This is standard operating procedure.
The district encourages students and their parents to immediately report any safety concerns to a school administrator, School Resource Officer, school counselor, teacher or other employee. The district also has a Tip Line (803-821-1232) which students, parents and others can use to anonymously report safety concerns.
The safety and well-being of our students and staff is our highest priority.