Teen to be tried as adult over school bomb
BOULDER — A 16-year-old boy accused of bringing an explosive device to his Lafayette high school was charged Friday with first-degree attempted murder and will be prosecuted as an adult.
Andrew de Bartolome also is charged with use of explosives, possession of an explosive or incendiary device and menacing, all felonies, the Boulder Daily Camera reported (http://bit.ly/13Q83BE). He is being held on $100,000 bail.
Prosecutor Peggy Jessel said the teen had a long-term interest in explosives, and “there were steps being taken for a larger plan.”
De Bartolome is accused of bringing the device to Centaurus High School in Lafayette on May 13, forcing the evacuation of the school and a nearby road for several hours. A teacher found the explosive in a paper bag and took it outside.
Authorities, who described the device as similar to a pipe bomb, detonated the package at a nearby dirt construction lot. Police Cmdr. Gene McCausey said the device had a 9-volt battery and could have hurt people nearby had it exploded in the school.
Jim Kennedy, de Bartolome’s attorney, has filed a motion to have the case sent to juvenile court.
“He’s a 16-year-old boy who’s never been in trouble,” he said. “No one was hurt.”