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Homemade pipe bomb reported at Jenks H.S.

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Reported by: Janna Clark
Updated: 12/05/2012 11:02 pm Published: 12/05/2012 5:55 pm

A Jenks High School student brought a pipe bomb to the high school on November 26, according to a Creek County affidavit.

The Jenks Public School district says a teacher overheard students talking on Monday and thought it was a potentially dangerous situation. So the teacher told the assistant high school principal. After talking to the student, the assistant principal then called police. According to the affidavit, the student admitted he brought the bomb to school. He said he had tried and failed to detonate the bomb.

He said the bomb had been constructed a couple months ago. He said he brought it school to show it to his friends. He also told investigators he had photos and videos on his phone of several devices and that he had sent the photos to his friends.

After looking at the boy's phone, investigators found pictures, not only of the explosive devices but also of devices going off.

They also found photos sent to the boy from his father, Kent Bartell. There were pictures of packing labels on boxes of items from Hong Kong.

A Jenks School district spokesperson says after a search on Monday, school officials did not find any evidence of a pipe bomb on campus. But they're taking the information seriously.

"If it's unwarranted, then at least we know for sure. We always want to be on the safe side when it comes to the safety of our students," said Bonnie Rogers, spokesperson for Jenks schools.

If any student has photos or knowledge about the incident, the district is asking those students to come forward.

The district will then turn the information over to authorities.

The district would not comment on whether any disciplinary action will be taken against the student.

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