Student charged after explosive devices found in Landstown Middle School locker

VIRGINIA BEACH — A 13-year-old Landstown Middle School student is facing felony charges after explosive devices were found in a locker on Friday.

School public relations coordinator Rosemary Gladden said that campus administration received a report about “suspicious materials” in the student’s locker on Thursday. The report was given to the school’s resource officer, who got the fire department involved.

The teenager was charged with two counts of manufacturing and possessing chemical explosive devices; however, Virginia Beach Fire Department officials say they do not believe the student intended to harm anyone, according to spokesman Art Kohn.

The student was arrested on Friday and held in the juvenile detention center over the weekend.

Gladden said that along with the felony charges, the student may also face “appropriate disciplinary action,” which could include expulsion.

Mayfield can be reached at adrienne.m@southsidedaily.com.

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Adrienne Mayfield is an award-winning, multi-media journalist hailing from Clermont, Fla. She moved to Lynchburg, Va. on a whim when she was 19, and worked her way to Hampton Roads in 2013. Adrienne is passionate about telling people stories via covering public safety and the judicial system. She isn’t afraid to take a heads-on approach to covering crime, including knocking on doors to get the details police aren’t sharing. Adrienne is a 2014 Old Dominion University graduate who still lives within walking distance of the college. You may see her cruising around Downtown Norfolk on her bike, enjoying a sandwich from Grilled Cheese Bistro or playing fetch with her dog, Greta, at the Colonial Place dog park.