At Least He Didn’t Use a Gun

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At Least He Didn't Use a Gun

by baldilocks

Sit­ting in for Fausta today and Friday.

Just a Utah kid doing some research.

ST. GEORGE– Police con­firmed Tues­day that the device that caused the evac­u­a­tion at Pine View High School Mon­day was a “home­made explo­sive device” left inside a back­pack and the juve­nile arrested in the inci­dent has been charged with a first-​degree felony related to the man­u­fac­ture, pos­ses­sion or use of a “weapon of mass destruction.”

After exam­in­ing the device, bomb squad mem­bers indi­cated that if it had det­o­nated; the device had the poten­tial to cause sig­nif­i­cant injury or death,” the St. George Police said in a statement.

The back­pack was left in the cafe­te­ria of the high school dur­ing lunch where some stu­dents noticed it smok­ing. They alerted the res­i­dent school resource offi­cer and fac­ulty, which led to the school’s 1,100 stu­dents being evac­u­ated to the foot­ball field for the rest of the school day. (…)

Based on our inves­ti­ga­tion we can con­firm this was a failed attempt to det­o­nate a home­made explo­sive at the school,” the police said in the press release.

The police exe­cuted a search war­rant at the home of the sus­pect, iden­ti­fied as a juve­nile male attend­ing Pine View High School, where inves­ti­ga­tors found “mate­ri­als con­sis­tent with the mate­ri­als used to build the device.”

Addi­tional evi­dence was found link­ing the sus­pect to last month’s inci­dent at Hur­ri­cane High School in which the school’s out­door Amer­i­can flag was replaced with an ISIS flag and the words “ISIS is comi” were spray-​painted on the side of the school walls.

Safe bet that this kid knew that there are laws against bring­ing a bomb to school, but he didn’t fol­low that law. Why not? Because those who would blow up – or shoot up – their class­mates not only couldn’t care less about law, but look for­ward to the defi­ance of law, not to men­tion the glory of the slaughter.

This one failed, but there will be other law­break­ers. We are a species of law­break­ers and for many of us, no earthly statute will make a dif­fer­ence when we are dead set on defi­ance. But, espe­cially where mur­der or attempted mur­der is involved, we are also defy­ing a law from another juris­dic­tion: we defy God.

And that is the bot­tom line. The United States of Amer­ica can make tons of new laws from fed­eral to munic­i­pal, but they will not change the des­per­ately wicked human heart.

Only God can do that.

(Thanks to Hot Air.)

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng has been blog­ging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here. She pub­lished her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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by baldilocks

Sitting in for Fausta today and Friday.

Just a Utah kid doing some research.

ST. GEORGE– Police confirmed Tuesday that the device that caused the evacuation at Pine View High School Monday was a “homemade explosive device” left inside a backpack and the juvenile arrested in the incident has been charged with a first-degree felony related to the manufacture, possession or use of a “weapon of mass destruction.”

“After examining the device, bomb squad members indicated that if it had detonated; the device had the potential to cause significant injury or death,” the St. George Police said in a statement.

The backpack was left in the cafeteria of the high school during lunch where some students noticed it smoking. They alerted the resident school resource officer and faculty, which led to the school’s 1,100 students being evacuated to the football field for the rest of the school day. (…)

“Based on our investigation we can confirm this was a failed attempt to detonate a homemade explosive at the school,” the police said in the press release.

The police executed a search warrant at the home of the suspect, identified as a juvenile male attending Pine View High School, where investigators found “materials consistent with the materials used to build the device.”

Additional evidence was found linking the suspect to last month’s incident at Hurricane High School in which the school’s outdoor American flag was replaced with an ISIS flag and the words “ISIS is comi” were spray-painted on the side of the school walls.

Safe bet that this kid knew that there are laws against bringing a bomb to school, but he didn’t follow that law. Why not? Because those who would blow up – or shoot up – their classmates not only couldn’t care less about law, but look forward to the defiance of law, not to mention the glory of the slaughter.

This one failed, but there will be other lawbreakers. We are a species of lawbreakers and for many of us, no earthly statute will make a difference when we are dead set on defiance. But, especially where murder or attempted murder is involved, we are also defying a law from another jurisdiction: we defy God.

And that is the bottom line. The United States of America can make tons of new laws from federal to municipal, but they will not change the desperately wicked human heart.

Only God can do that.

(Thanks to Hot Air.)

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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Finally might I suggest my book Hail Mary the Perfect Protestant (and Catholic) Prayer makes an excellent Gift.