Five fifth-graders at a NJ elementary school were detained for apparently plotting to set off a non-explosive device during a field trip to the local high school. A spokesman for the Clifton Police Department, Detective Sgt. Robert Bracken, said, "They didn’t have the right equipment, but the intent was there. This is very disturbing." Founders, amirite?
Apparently someone at Clifton Elementary School discovered the students' written plans yesterday morning and contacted the police. The Record reports, "The students from the Merselis Avenue elementary school were to attend an event at the high school, which was canceled following the discovery. Police discovered a device, which was not explosive and included a mixture of cinnamon and vinegar, Bracken said. This was definitely not a prank, the sergeant said, adding the children’s intention was to carry out the plan."
Investigators believe they had "outside help and got their ideas from other events," PIX 11 reports.
The students, who are all 10 or 11 years old and included boys and at least one girl, were released to their parents. The Bergen County prosecutor's office is reviewing whether they will be charged.