Rowlett High student accused of bringing bomb to school

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by By RICHARD ABSHIRE / The Dallas Morning News

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Posted on August 15, 2009 at 4:50 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 16 at 2:07 PM

Police have arrested a Rowlett High School student accused of bringing a bomb to school Monday morning.

Stephen Shykes

"It was a working explosive device," Rowlett police spokesman John Ellison said. "His intent was to detonate it in the cafeteria."

Stephen Shykes, a 17-year-old senior, was taken into custody Monday and booked into the Rowlett city jail with charges pending, Ellison said.

Tipped off by other students about 7:45 a.m., Rowlett police found the homemade explosive device in the student's car, parked outside the school in the 4700 block of Kirby Road, Ellison said.

The Garland police bomb disposal unit removed the device and rendered it safe at an undisclosed location.

Students were kept from going into the parking lot at the lunch hour but followed a normal class schedule, said Reavis Wortham, spokesman for the Garland school district, which includes Rowlett High. The school returned to normal shortly after noon.

"At no time was anybody or anything inside the building in danger," Wortham said.

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