Police arrested three Freedom High School students Thursday after learning of a plan to blow up the school by igniting gas from Bunsen burners in a science lab.
School officials say that plan was unlikely to work, but police say the students’ remarks were reason enough to charge them with felonies. Meanwhile, one boy’s grandmother said the incident has been overblown.
“I don’t know how real the threat was,” said Hillsborough schools spokesman Stephen Hegarty. “We’re in an environment where we have to take these things seriously.”