A student who previously attended Berkeley County schools was arrested in Florida and accused of carrying bomb-making supplies in his backpack.
Cameron Lee Kage, 16, a student at Eau Gallie High School in Melbourne, Fla., was arrested Tuesday, according to a report in the newspaper Florida Today.
Police said he had a device in his backpack that was one step away from being a potentially deadly bomb.
The device, using packing material and a pipe, was one of four bombs police said Kage was plotting to build and use at the 2,000-student Melbourne campus.
An accelerant, such as kerosene or gasoline, was needed to complete the device, but neither was in Kage's possession when he was confronted by police, the news report said.
School officials were keeping an eye on Kage after learning he had been visiting bomb-making websites in the school library, the newspaper said. That surveillance led them to search Kage's backpack Tuesday, where they discovered the bomb-making supplies, a brown trench coat, combat boots, and a written plan on using homemade bombs at the school, according to the paper.
Kage was in juvenile court Wednesday on a charge of attempting to make a destructive device. He has no juvenile or criminal record in Florida and was ordered by a judge to be placed in home detention until a June 4 arraignment hearing at the Moore Justice Center, the news report stated.
Pam Bailey, spokeswoman for the Berkeley County School District, said Kage attended Devon Forest Elementary School in Goose Creek and Sangaree Middle School in Ladson. His records were forwarded to the Florida school at the start of the current school year, she said.
In 2008, Kage was one of five Sangaree middle-schoolers selected to represent the school in the Region Band at Socastee High School in Myrtle Beach.