Covington Police: Teen arrested for bringing bomb-making materials to school

COVINGTON, LA (WVUE) - The Covington Police Department announced an arrest Wednesday in connection to a chemical exposure at a junior high school on Tuesday.

On Tuesday eight students at William Pitcher Jr. High School were believed to have been exposed to an unknown chemical, but all refused treatment with no injuries reported.

Police said the 13-year-old suspect was taken into custody the same day after bringing materials commonly used to manufacture a bomb to the campus.

The student was charged with one count of manufacturing a bomb, and was booked into the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center, according to The Covington Police Department.

The St. Tammany Parish School System said parents were made aware of the situation via a school-wide robocall.

The following was posted to the Covington PD's Facebook page Tuesday:

Chief Tim Lentz announces that the Covington Police Department, with the assistance of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office and Covington Fire Department, is currently investigating a suspicious chemical at William Pitcher Jr. High School, 415 S Jefferson Ave. At approximately 2:10 PM, school officials notified a Covington Police school resource officer, assigned to the school, of a student in possession of a bottle containing unknown chemical(s), which was reportedly smoking, and had spilled onto a sidewalk outside.

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