SC students charged with setting off stink bombs

Beaufort GazetteJanuary 29, 2014 

— Two Battery Creek High School students were arrested after allegedly setting off stink bombs at the school last week.

The female students, who were not identified, were charged with disturbing schools, a misdemeanor that typically carries a fine of up to $1,000 or up to 90 days in jail or both, according to Daniel Brownstein, spokesman for the 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office.

One of the students was 18 years old, and the other was a younger sibling, Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Sgt. Robin McIntosh said Tuesday.

On Thursday during third period — which runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and includes lunch — the students each set off a stink bomb in two separate classrooms, superintendent Jeffrey Moss said.

Another stink bomb also was detonated in the cafeteria, according to the incident report released Tuesday, but it has not been determined who set it off.

“Both incidents caused a major disruption in the classroom and in the school,” Moss said.

He refused to give further information on what the disruption entailed, as did school principal Edmond Burnes.

According to the Sheriff’s Office report, the students and teacher in one of the classrooms had to move to another room because of the smell. The teacher in the other classroom said the incident delayed her lesson by about 15 minutes.

The school resource officer investigated the incidents and identified the suspects after speaking with several witnesses. Several students saw the suspects handle the “foil packages” that popped and released “horrible smells,” the report said.

Moss said he could not discuss any disciplinary action taken against the students.

The two students were arrested Friday. They have a court appearance scheduled in early March.

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