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Glue stick explosive at Akron school had note reading ‘You will pay,’ police say

AKRON, Ohio - A North High School freshman faces a juvenile charge of inducing panic after he's accused of turning a glue stick into a bomb.

Police said the 14-year-old student placed a powerful firecracker, similar to an M-80, in a glue stick container. He lit the device then threw it toward the teacher's desk, police said.

Dan Rambler, who heads the school district's security, said it did not go off. It only produced smoke.

"I think there were two issues why it probably did not light. Truly was because it was in a glue stick holder so there was still the wetness of the glue that was in it and then also because the cap was put on it so it was not able to burn," Rambler said.

Police said the student had previously posted threats on social media and attached a note to the device, which read "You will pay."

"It was done intentionally to target the teacher who was in the classroom. Apparently the child had some kind of issue prior to this, where he was placed in in-school suspension and this was in retaliation. He thought he was going to get even with that teacher," said Akron Police Lieutenant Rick Edwards.

Not knowing what they were immediately dealing with, the teacher evacuated the classroom and called administration and security. A police report describes the scene as "panic from inside the classroom as they fled."

"I think everybody was anxious, nervous about what had happened. Panic is probably a little stronger than I would say, but it's along that line. But what I would say is the teacher did a really good job of getting the kids out of the classroom and made sure everybody was safe," Rambler said.

The student was taken into custody and charged.

Rambler said a decision was made not to notify parents of all of the students at the school about the incident. The students who were in the classroom at the time were spoken to individually and their parents were invited to call the school if they had any concerns.

The student is expected in juvenile court in early December.

"From the disciplinary hearing, the student was remorseful, was upset about something that occurred the day before. Obviously took that upsetness too far and was remorseful for what he had done," Rambler said.

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