Cedar Creek Student Arrested With Ingredients to Make a Bomb

Galloway Police and the Prosecutor's Office found the ingredients at his East Spencer Lane home.

A 16-year-old student at Cedar Creek High School was taken into custody on Tuesday, Dec. 18 after Galloway Police and the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office discovered several ingredients that when mixed together could cause an explosion, police said Tuesday night.

Police visited the student's East Spencer Lane residence after being called to the high school this afternoon, police said. School officials told police that the student was acting in a way that caused concern, but there was no indication that any threats were made or that there was any danger to anyone at Cedar Creek, police said.

Investigators from the Galloway Police Department were joined by the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office at the student's home on the 300 block of East Spencer Lane, police said. They found several items, including electronic parts and chemicals that could cause an explosion when mixed together, police said.

The student was charged with possession of a weapon, which was an explosive device. The student was placed in Harbor Fields Juvenile Detention Facility in Egg Harbor City, police said.

Police and school officials requested a sweep of the school with the use of bomb sniffing dogs, but nothing was located, police said.

The Atlantic City Police Department's Bomb Squad, Oceanville Fire Department, Galloway EMS, Egg Harbor City Police and K9s from the Hamilton Township Police Department, Atlantic City Police Department, the Gloucester County Sheriff's Department, two units from the Cumberland County Sheriff's Department, the Millville Police Department and the Salem County Sheriff's Department assisted in the sweep of the school.

Cedar Creek, located in Egg Harbor City, is one of three schools that constitutes the Greater Egg Harbor Regional School District. Galloway Township is one of the sending districts for that school.

SheleeMc December 19, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Good start on the part of the school. I pray that this is not the Heightened Awareness Syndrome and that whenever a student acts strange follow-up, follow-through occurs. Next, the police should check his computer to see how he learned of such things AND someone(family) should make sure he receives mental health counseling!
carni December 19, 2012 at 02:32 PM
there are police at absegami right now. there was a threat on our school too and i, beign a student, am scared and i feel very out of the loop. i wish i knew what was goin on here. someone please look into it, i will be looking foward to the article.
Anthony Bellano (Editor) December 19, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Police dispatch has confirmed there are police at the school, but has yet to release further information. I will post something as soon as I get more info.
Anthony Bellano (Editor) December 19, 2012 at 05:26 PM
According to the chief, the Absegami investigation was prompted by rumors circulating online, and they turned out to be just rumors. He added the school and the police department are working together to make sure the school remains safe and secure.
Shawn G December 19, 2012 at 08:08 PM
This is horrible. I just saw on TV that parents are buying book bags with light armor plates in them. Im not that old but i never remember schools having these concerns 15 to 20 years ago. Its not just the police or teachers responsibility its everyone's to watch out for OUR kids
troy397 December 19, 2012 at 10:00 PM
I know this student personally. He was on my christian basketball team and in my boy scout troop. They think he's creating a bomb to hurt no specific person for no reason because he likes drawling and he has common house hold materials. If you read any of the articles they state that he had no intentions AT ALL to do anything. The majority of the students here at cedar creek believe that he has been accused for having different hobbies than other students.
Charles Michel December 20, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Well, the report said he had chemicals when mixed could explode and electronics in his home . Guess what ? Everyone does ! So does every car or school science class . While we need to be careful. We must take the time to think before jumping to conclusions . Right now from what I have read ,he is in jail but he did not hurt anyone or even try to damage anything or threaten anyone or put them in any danger. I just hope we are not jailing people on crimes that they may commit .
roysbell December 20, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Today, December 20, 2012, Oakcrest had a large presence of police due to rumors. Everyone is on edge because of the shooting in Conn. Only one more day then everyone can go home and enjoy some much needed time off with their families. I hope and prayer that the family who's son is being held for the bomb making ingredients is found to be just a teenager with no intent to harm anyone and all this was just everyone being over cautious and they too can spend Christmas together.
Annoyed December 21, 2012 at 02:26 AM
I have no idea why the ACLU isn't all over this. A minor being arrested for drawing pictures. No threats, and no indication that anything was being done. What's next, arrest someone for having chemical weapons because they have bleach and ammonia if their house?
Craig Ballew December 22, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Unless there is much more to this story that hasn't been released, the school officials, the judge and the police need to be incarcerated and prosecuted. The damage done to this young man is incalculable. I saw a quote from his mother where she stated his drawing was of a glove with flames coming off it. I don't think any reasonable person would find that sufficient probable cause for a search warrant. Unbelievable! And if there is more, shame on the authorities for not immediately releasing enough details to justify their heavy-handed Gestapo actions in violation of the 1st and 4th amendments. We do not live in a secret society contrary to some law enforcement officials.
Horace December 22, 2012 at 11:03 PM
When I was in high school I had a pretty elaborate chemistry setup in my basement and some small rockets. I also played around with electronics, built my own radio and so on. I also did a lot of drawing. I can't imagine what people under the current circumstances would have thought of me. Where are the future scientists and engineers going to come from with the attitudes prevalent today? If this kid was doing nothing wrong but having a curious mind I hope the police and teacher involved get hit with a giant civil rights lawsuit.
Angry Citizen December 23, 2012 at 03:27 AM
Hopefully the teacher and administrators will be fired as a result of this outrage. Of course there are chemicals that could cause an explosion if mixed in his home. There are in your home too! And probably electronic parts as well. Whatever happened to the fourth amendment protection against unreasonable searchs and seizures? Since when is drawing a weapon and acting unusual a crime or even probable cause a crime has been commited?
Charles Michel December 23, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Nice to see the reporting has improved , with more facts. I would like to see a detailed report to include What are the drawings that the teacher found so alarming Who the teacher contacted What the parents said when contacted Was a search warrant was issued (and on what grounds) by who Did the parents consent to the search ? What materials were found ? I do think when a report of this nature is made a statement from the accused be included in the report not just a police statement of inditement I don't think the child or. The teacher and school admins should be hung just yet
EFTAB December 27, 2012 at 04:50 AM
"ingredients that when mixed together could cause an explosion" ... I'm highly suspicious when the police use carefully worded legalese that they are trying to obfuscate the truth. It seems like they found nothing. If they did really find something, they would have said so immediately What were the chemicals? How much, ounces or 55 gallon drums? Was there material that could be used as shrapnel? How about a detonation system? I don't think Al-Qaeda ever got a binary chemical bomb to work but somehow a high school student managed to figure it out? Sounds like everyone involved is suffering from post-traumatic stupidity syndrome.


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