UPDATE: Third suspect charged for Craigmont bombs.
(Memphis) A $300,000 bond has been set for 18-year-old Leviticus Lacy and 18-year-old Tarif Johnson.
Both are charged with aggravated assault, felony reckless endangerment and possession of a prohibited weapon after two homemade bombs went off at Craigmont High School Thursday morning.
The football field became the holding spot after two bombs sent everyone running from the school building around 11:30am Thursday.
“They started screaming and running out the building and they had us out here 10:00 up until now, ” says 9th grader Cedeshia Clark.
Firefighters and police moved in to see what they were dealing with, soon learning the bombs set off on the 2nd and 3rd floors were in a soda bottle.
“It was a make shift or homemade device used with some sort of cleaning product and aluminum foil in a pop bottle,” says Lt. Wayne Cook, with the Memphis Fire Department.
But the bombs were strong enough to set off smoke in the building.
One Assistant Principal, who suffers from asthma, had to be taken to the hospital after inhaling fumes.
No students were hurt.
Police began checking to make sure there were no other devices.
“We are concerned but not afraid there may be more. That’s why we have our bomb squad and other officers out here, along with the fire department to make sure everything is rendered safe,” says Alyssa Moore with the Memphis Police Department.
Police took two students into custody and are investigating why the bombs were set off.
Students tell us it was a senior prank that went overboard.
“This was supposed to be the 12th graders prank week. Tomorrow is their last day and they had set a bomb off and tomorrow they suppose be throwing bleach balloons and stuff,” says one 11th grade student.
Parents who rushed to the school complained of mass confusion as they tried to check their kids out of school, which ended early because of the blast.
They say this isn’t the first problem.
Students have been pulling these stunts for a while
“It’s a mess. It’s a mess. It’s a hot mess. It’s too much going on in that school. They set the garbage cans on fire, paper on fire, throw fireworks. So it’s a mess,” says Karen Jackson of Bartlett.
“It’s dangerous. Somebody could have really seriously got hurt. Seriously. I just hope it don’t happen again,” says one Craigmont student.
No word on what will happen to those students who are in custody.
Memphis City School Officials say classes will resume as normal Friday at Craigmont.
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