If you think it is a pipe bomb, why would you pick it up and move it? This
maintenance worker needs some retraining.
Maybe it was just a pipe? C'mon DNews, how about a little more
digging to get the rest of the facts!
Sometimes such foolish stunts are not meant to be dangerous but are just the
same. We had a similar stunt at our high school several years a go when a pipe
bomb exploded in a student's locker. Thank goodness no one was injured and
minimum damage was done. After an investigation it was discovered that the son
of the German Counsel with diplomatc immunity had set off the bomb as a joke.
Needless to say he was shipped off back to Germany to finish his education. Some
kids just don't have the brains to understand what the consequences of
their so called jokes could be.
My how things have changed. As an administrator in Rexburg, Idaho a student blew
up a pipe bomb in the locker room. He was given two months suspension from
school and was allowed to come back to school the next Fall. He then assaulted
one of the administrators in the hallway. The superintendent told the
administrator if he had not told the student to get into his classroom the
incident would not have happened. This incident occurred in 1993. My have things
But was it or not? The article never said!It never said! lol
The article says that the device was "rendered" safe, an indication that
something was actually done to make it safe. That most likely means that there
are good reasons to suspect that it was a bomb and not just a piece of pipe.
Perhaps the reporter didn't state whether or not it was actually a bomb
because the lab has not completed the analysis or are not yet willing to state
whether it was a bomb or not.I think the reporter actually did a
good job in the article by not jumping to conclusions. Instead, he reported the
facts without bias.
Wait. Aren't there laws against pipe bombs?
... or maybe "rendered safe" means the experts examined it and
determined it wasn't a pipe bomb, after all.The terrorists have
Pardon me, but it's not particularly good reporting when readers are left
with glaring questions unanswered. Ask the obvious questions. If the answers are
unavailable, that is good information, too.As for moving the pipe
"bomb"--I'm sure the maintenance worker was just trying to be
helpful, but he may have jeopardized not only his own life, but those of the
students below by touching or moving a suspected bomb. A simple mercury switch,
had one been included, could have triggered the bomb with the slightest
movement. Best leave that to the bomb squad AFTER the school has been evacuated.
I'm sure those involved were trying to spare the feelings of the
maintenance worker by not expounding on his approach, but it doesn't serve
the reading public well to not take the opportunity to educate others regarding
the proper procedure with a suspicious object.