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The Latest: Staffer, son accused of school smoke bomb try

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The Latest on a father and son arrested in a bomb threat at a private Colorado boarding school (all times local):

1:25 p.m.

A faculty member and his 16-year-old son are accused of trying to set off a military-style smoke bomb at a private Colorado boarding school after the father’s contract wasn’t renewed.

The device was found Tuesday in the school’s cafeteria, prompting the evacuation of 300 faculty and teachers from the Fountain Valley School near Colorado Springs for several hours. The device didn’t detonate.

Citing court documents, KRDO-TV reported the son of 46-year-old Bryan Bolding told authorities that the plot had been in the works for weeks and they originally planned to set off the device at graduation.

Authorities believe they successfully tested a smoke bomb on Monday in a nearby parking lot in a trial run.

Bolding is out on bond and couldn’t be reached for comment.


8:20 a.m.

A teacher and a student have been arrested after a bomb threat forced the evacuation of 300 people at a private Colorado boarding school.

The Gazette reports that the 46-year-old technology director at the Fountain Valley School and a 16-year-old student were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of charges including terrorist training activities, possession and use of a hoax incendiary device and conspiracy.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office says a device found at the school about 10 miles (16 kilometers) south of Colorado Springs was rendered safe.

The evacuated students and faculty were taken to a nearby church after the threat was made and remained there for about six hours.

The school is located on a former ranch and has about 235 students, a mix of both boarding and day students.


Information from: The Gazette,

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