A 15-year-old youth was arrested for making a homemade bomb at the campus of San Pasqual Academy on May 5. He was booked into Juvenile Hall in San Diego.
The bomb was made of a cleaning chemical and aluminum foil in a plastic soda bottle. At 9:15 a.m. that Thursday a staff member retrieved the bottle-bomb from a restroom toilet. The student warned him that it could explode. The bottle was tossed into some bushes and exploded a few minutes later. No injuries or fire resulted.
The school was locked down as San Diego Sheriff’s deputies searched the grounds. No bombs were found. Staff gathered students in the auditorium and informed them about the incident. The students were back in class by 11 a.m.
School officials brought in counselors to talk to the students and calm things down.
The school at 17701 San Pasqual Valley Road is for foster children in ninth to 12th grade.
Eighty-one students currently live in dorms with two students per room and adult supervision.
San Diego County contracts with the New Alternatives Inc., which runs the school on the 238 acre campus, which is situated along Hwy 78 between Escondido and Ramona.