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Teen Arrested For Igniting Smoke Bomb Inside NJ School

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (CBS) — An 18-year-old has been arrested after igniting a homemade smoke bomb inside the cafeteria of a New Jersey high school.

The incident happened at about 11:20 a.m. Monday inside Atlantic City High School.

According to investigators, Sebastian Delgado set off a homemade smoke bomb while he and other students were waiting to purchase lunch in the food line of the student cafeteria.

The device created a great deal of smoke and the school was evacuated.

No students were injured as a result of the incident. However, an adult high school staff member suffered a minor injury while he was evacuating. The 52-year-old male employee slipped and fell and was transported to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center for treatment. He was treated and released from the hospital.

Students returned to the classrooms at 11:50 a.m.

Delgado was taken into custody at the high school and has been charged with possession of a destructive device, causing widespread panic and aggravated assault.


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  • Jamed

    A smoke bomb??? OMG!! OMG!!! WIll counseling be available for the poor tender children effected by this horrible, horrible tragedy???

  • wayne

    Circa ’66, senior in HS. Favorite prank was a “cherry bomb” (yeah, you could buy ’em back then) stuck in the side of lit cigarette and left on one of the office’s window sills. Do this at recess and be back in class when it went off. he-he. And if you got caught, get ready for the coach and the paddle and another when you got home. After this case was closed.

  • phil

    Blame lawyers. Schools call the cops because they are afraid of all the soccer moms and dads out there suing them for disciplining little johnny. SO they say fine, we’ll call the cops and COA’s

  • Austin G

    this is the result of “no tolerance” policies at schools. if you fail a class you can do it over. but if you have one dumb moment and do one dumb or maybe just mischevious thing, you get charged with a felony and could go to prison, ruining your chances of getting a good job or going to a good college. ridiculous

  • RickyBobby

    What a joke! Our school systems are way too authoritarian! Give him detention, laugh it off and remember the great smoke prank of 2010! Call the police!?!? You have got to be kidding… Our schools are become little authoritarian training grounds for our future socialist society. When will the madness end? Who will stand up and be sensible?

  • Hiawatha

    Zero tolerance is just a tool that still fails to provide CYA for the schoool administration or allow for common sense to be applied. I accidentally started a fire in a haystack by leaving some alchohollic beverages behind for some careless smokers to find (so I guess I didn’t actually start the fire). Our rear ends paid the price without the need for police and the lesson of the paddle was the most effective.

  • Brian

    39 years ago, when I was in the 9th grade I had made a homemade smoke bomb. Some of my friends wanted to see how well it worked. We lit it behind the stage in the school auditorium. After it was over we threw it into a sink and left. Unbeknownst to me the principal was coming in another door and saw us leave. He smelled smoke and thought an electrical panel was on fire so he called the fire department. He then conducted a class to class search and found me. I told him what I had done and was suspended for 3 days.

  • Scott

    Why is it that we are criminalizing all aspects of human behavior? We are truly a controlled and beat down people. In the 1950’s, we used to put homemade M-80s in people’s mailboxes on Halloween, sometimes splitting the seams open. Got caught once, and had to buy the guy a new mailbox. Nowadays, it is a terrorist act with a “destructive device”. People are nuts.

  • ck

    It’s so refreshing to see so many people agreeing that this was just a stupid prank and that the worst this kid should have received was a suspension. High school for me was only 20 years ago and at least twice a year somebody would be setting off stink bombs in the lockers. It was awful to smell but most people got a kick out of it. Toilet papering the coach’s yard after a big win was considered a spirited gesture and leaving clouds of tire smoke in the school parking lot after the last bell just meant you had a car everyone else wanted. Now schools are just raising a bunch of narrow minded wimps.

  • TRL

    We are just beginning to see the results of Zero Tolerance in education on our society.

  • Lizzy

    Back when I was a kid, They would have called his parents and he would have a missed a day or two of school. Now! HArd time at Leavenworth.

  • Bud

    40 years ago, the kid would have been brought out in front of a general assembly. The gym teacher would then take a paddle and smack the kid’s butt until he cried like a little girl.

  • Kevin Alexander

    Well, I did ‘attend’ reform school in the 70’s, and he would not have been arrested. The staff would have beat the snot out of him and thrown him in meditation hall, but no, not arrested.

  • Kevin

    At one time (not to long ago) this was a free country, not a lawyer driven feminized nanny-state. Which is why there needs to be a police officer in all high schools. LOL @ U.S.. Within the next 15 years, this formerly free and formerly great country will be a complete prison state. By then, I will no longer live here, so I could care less. Morons deserve NO freedom….

  • charles

    tried 30 yrs ago, 1 day suspension

  • Marty

    We used to flush M-80’s down the toilets and blow up the plumbing. Smoke bomb? How light weight…….

  • Mason

    I had to scrub cafeteria tables for weeks after I set off fireworks in school. No one would have even considered calling the police. That was 1981.

  • tominhouston

    3 good swats from the football coach.
    suspension for a week
    Apology to the student body, faculty and staff on the first day back.
    Return to class – incident closed.

    But no these people want to ruin his life for a high school prank.
    Involve the legal system and this will never go away. Now that’s excessive.

    • enigmaforever


    • JohnF

      Exactly, stupid kid prank blown way out of porportion.

  • D. Engle

    The least that they can do is to put him on the no-fly list.

  • meandi

    I knew the difference between right and wrong by the time I started kindergarten. If I had ever tried something like this, Dad would have whipped my a–.

    • jen

      If you were a kid now and your dad whipped your a- he’d be reported for child abuse…

  • Lloyd Swain

    A child’s brain is not fully developed at this age and unfortunately some actions of youth can really harm them. Thinking as an 18 year old this is pretty funny. As a 62 year old. My God! how dumb!

    • Tom O'Neill

      a board on the butt has been known to stimulate mental development

  • S. Wilson

    I’m happy our schools have “O” tolerance. It’s bad enough our kids today have to grow up in this world as it is today. As a matter of fact: a student busted out a bus window today (on the way to school)……..and he was taken off the bus with handcuffs!! Thumbs up to our law enforcement / school board for showing the ‘other students’ that Crime doesn’t pay and there IS a consequence for their actions

    • enigmaforever

      zero tolerance is a cop out so educators don’t have to think. 5 year old kid suspended for kissing a girl viewed as sexual harassment because of zero tolerance, kids suspended for taking an aspirin, it is all because children are just a number anymore.

      • Kyle

        Amen enigmaforever .I never comment on online stories, but I can’t believe there are people like “S. Wilson” who are so asinine as to equate a harmless smoke bomb with “crime.” Seriously, S., grow a pair.

    • Daisy

      I wish your teachers had zero tolerance for ignorance and didn’t advance you from second grade still using the term ‘busted out’.

      • JohnF

        LOL Daisy

      • Libertarian_Thinker

        RE: Daisy’s post 10/25 @ 7:54pm

        LOL …Bravo Well Said!

    • M. Backus

      Liberalism IS a mental disorder

      • M. Backus

        That comment is for S. Wilson by the way. Thanks, Mike.

      • John

        Yes, a good one. Open mind and able to discern facts from fiction from Fox News blowhards is a good quality to have as an American.

  • A. Mayhem

    Try 17 years ago. I got a 2 week suspension.

  • elchucko

    40 years ago he would be in jail.

    • enigmaforever

      not sure what school you went to because 50 years ago he would have been sent to the principles office, and everyone would have gotten a good chuckle, and he would have gotten detention for a week or two. Sure glad I didn’t go to your school.

      • Richard

        you didn’t go to my school or you would have learned how to spell “principal”.

    • Daisy

      Did you attend reform school? No way would he have been arrested 50 years ago, He would have had detention and become the most desirable bad boy in the school.

    • dave

      where did you go to school? Attica?

    • JapesMcFarland

      “40 years ago he would be in jail.”

      Rubbish! There was more common sense 40 years ago. In other words a prank would have recognised for what it was… a prank not meant to really hurt anyone. Now the leftist ninnies, like uptight librarians, sticklers for every rule of law they can impose are running the asylum. The 60’s have really done a job on our society…in many ways.

  • Steve

    20 years ago, we would have laughed it off, and the boy would have had a suspension, or had to stay after school. Today we bring in law enforcement.

    • Daisy

      You are so right! That, plus the clumsy teacher who fell will sue.

    • davec

      EXACTLY. Hell, we set off FIRECRACKERS in the halls.

      These school administrators are totalitarian NAzis.

      Its about teaching students to fear the police state.

      Its also about the fact that the Govt is having to INVENT a terrorist threat, since there isnt a real one. They have to blow anything they can way out of proportion and pretend its terrorism to keep their power

      • Vince In TX

        Hey, davec, I checked out your blog. Tried to leave a comment on the FEDS PLANT PIPE BOMB IN CITIZENS CAR story, but couldn’t get past the code verification. That metal tube looks a lot like a Maglite tube to me, with a power cord to the “GPS” unit. Don’t get me wrong! If someone attaches a metallic tube to the underside of your car with strong magnets, wired to an electronics commo device, GET AWAY, CALL 911, and let the pros dispose! Even if it IS a battery pack, it’s a truly unfriendly looking device, and poses a threat (as in fearing for your life) to the person who finds it under his car.

        Get that code verifier fixed, will ya? Or WikiLeakify it–refuse any input from outside of your site.

      • Lee Barnum

        All you people saying 20 yrs ago, 40 yrs ago, 50 yrs ago… I got news for you, It’s 2010, little more than a decade since 9/11 and anyone stupid enough to light up anything like a firework or smoke bomb in school is just stupid. I bet he wont be doing it again.

      • jj

        ap so lutly

    • W Abbott

      I actually did this in eighth grade. Only one difference – the trash can caught on fire. I dropped it in the trash can on the way out the door from Social Studies. Mr. Pennell tracked me down in Science; “Where’s the mad bomber!” He took me to the principal’s office and Mr. Zeller, the vice-principal, did the sensible thing; he beat my butt with a paddle. Second time that day too. In English, second hour, I said a bad word and tore up my report card in front of the teacher, Mrs. Hooper. It was the last day of the year.

    • John

      Well, you can thank GW for the Patriot Act and Fox News for their nonstop fear mongering for making “crimes” such as this become a huge big deal.

      • smokehouse

        George Bush??? Patriot Act??? FOX News??? Man, are you one lighweight liberal. Try something else.

      • tarag

        Or perhaps we can all thank liberals like you who must have big brother take care of everybody, everything, all the time. Punish children? No frowns here! Everyone’s a victim. Politically correct, as usual.

      • DCLaw-1

        Heh? Can you please explain the connection between the PATRIOT Act and this incident, and arrest? Also, any attempt to connect the incident and arrest to GW Bush or FOX News would be appreciated. Or, are you simply repeating tired hperbole that would have been as inaccurate eight years ago as it is today?

      • Joel

        You mean the Patriot Act that Obama has not only kept but has expanded the powers of?

    • John

      30 years ago this happened at my middle school but a 12 year old. He was given 5 days of ‘whacks’ (Principal spanked hm once a day with a wooden board – hard) and was not allowed to attend school functions for the rest of the year.

      Today even THE PARENT can be arrested for spanking their kid with a wooden object.

      • Sue

        How right you are. Sad, isn’t it? Kids hold all the cards these days and they know it.

    • hgquwcvuv

      That and we were smarter we used cigerettes as delay fuses so we wouldnt get caught…

    • LJW

      I was just thinking this same thing!!! Really?!?!?!? Arrested????

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