Homemade 'MacGyver bomb' explodes inside South Side school
May 12, 2006 (WLS) -- Four boys are facing serious disciplinary action after homemade bombs exploded at a school Friday on the city's South Side. The bombs were bottle bombs, also known as "MacGyver bombs." One of the devices exploded inside Alex Haley Elementary School, the other one outside the building at 114th and Eggleston.
The students are reportedly three eighth graders and one fourth grader who have been suspended and could be expelled.
It happened Friday morning when the students reportedly brought two bottle bombs, or "MacGyver bombs," to the school and, according to Chicago officials, one student threw a bomb at an outside wall of the school and another student was inside holding a bomb when it exploded. He suffered minor injuries and was treated at Roseland Hospital.
There was very little damage done to the school.
School officials aren't sure if this was done as a prank, because there is no indication the boys were trying to hurt anyone.
After the incident happened, school officials held an assembly to talk to the kids about safety issues and they also sent letters home about this incident to the parents.
Some parents who heard the news about the bombs were very disturbed.
"What happens is the first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth graders, you have to think about their welfare and it makes you not want to come to school. We don't need that. It's a very terrible thing," said J.J. Williams, parent.
The four students have been suspended for this and there will be expulsion hearings.
Chicago police are looking into whether any criminal charges will be filed.
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