Bombs for a bully: PTC arrests 2 SMHS teens

Tue, 01/29/2008 - 5:03pm
By: John Munford

Two teenagers’ retaliation for alleged bullying blew up and injured a postal worker last Saturday, police said.

An explosive device had been placed in a mailbox in south Peachtree City, the second such device made by the two teens who meant the bombs for a Starr’s Mill High School bully, police said.

The postal employee was treated for a minor chemical burn and an inhalation injury, police said.

The incident came a day after a potential explosive device was found on the porch of the same residence: 102 Linden Lane in the Foreston Place subdivision, police said.

Clayton County’s Explosive Ordinance Disposal team detonated the mailbox bomb successfully with no further injuries being reported, police said.

Two juveniles, ages 15 and 16, were arrested in connection with the incident, police said. Both were charged with manufacturing an explosive device, and they were released to their parents with conditions that must be met, officials said.

The first device was thrown on the porch of the residence “to scare a 17-year-old who resides there and to retaliate against him,” police said.

“I just think they really weren’t thinking about the consequences of their actions,” said Maj. Mike DuPree of the Peachtree City Police Department.

The juveniles, both students at Starr’s Mill High School, accused the intended victim of bullying and told police that was the reason for planting the devices. That story has not yet been confirmed, DuPree said.

The explosive devices were made from common items found around the home, police said.

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Submitted by AF A-10 on Wed, 01/30/2008 - 8:58am.

It is interesting to me that a long string has not developed here warning us to be vigilant against this rampant and dangerous activity that has come to roost here in PTC. We were sooo stirred up about a fight in a bathroom that we have had forums. But when a man could have been killed by an acid bomb, we aren't asking, "why did these kids get released home to mom and pop?" THis postman is a great guy; a veteran. I consider him a friend. I believe for him, and our other postal carriers, we should all be staying much more involved with this story.

Kevin "Hack" King

Submitted by sageadvice on Wed, 01/30/2008 - 11:43am.

The feds will handle that is the post office.

But, tell me what you mean by "vigilant" and being "more involved?"

Talking about school bathrooms or mail boxes does nothing.

Go knock on the FBI's door or Postal Inspector, and the School Superintendent! If you are that interested, go do it.

Any thing the post office or school supers hate is people knocking on their door.

Submitted by skyspy on Wed, 01/30/2008 - 9:11am.

Scroll further down. I'm vented out on it.

There is much more to this story. This isn't the first time this has happened, just because the other victims didn't press charges doesn't mean this is the first. At the risk of everyone telling me I'm hateful, these kinds of "problems" have been going on for about 2yrs. now. I can't vent on this anymore. I doubt any of the "rest of the story" will ever be printed here.

I agree with you our DA is weak, these kids should not have been turned over to their parents.

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Submitted by All Smiles on Wed, 01/30/2008 - 9:43am.

Well, it's time to hold these parents responsible!!! Just like if my dog bites someone, even if the incident happens on my property, I am still responsibility and I am accountable. If the parents do not have the backbone to show "tough love" to the childen and the kids have been unruley, make the parents pay now. Want to "Send a Message" Mr. Ballard, sock it to the parents and get your message out to the parents because you might want to send a message to kids, but your message will fall on deaf ears as most teenagers brains are not developed enough to receive messages like this unless it personaly affects them. The wake up call should be to the parents! If they can not parent then the law will take over for thier lack of parenting. Single parenting is just an excuse!!!! I've been a single parent but that did not mean I still didn't have a job to perform; PARENT

Submitted by thebeaver on Wed, 01/30/2008 - 9:22am.

Personally, I think these 2 punks should have been shipped off to Gitmo for a little "rehabilitation" session.

“...the term “democrat” originated as an epithet and referred to ‘one who panders to the crude and mindless whims of the masses.’”

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