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Utah teenager appears in court in school backpack bomb case

ST. GEORGE, Utah – A 16-year-old is to attempt to murder and other charges, after prosecutors say he tried to ignite an explosive device in a rucksack on his southern Utah high school.

The teen also was charged Monday in juvenile court in St. George with felony graffiti and misuse of a flag for allegedly cutting an American flag and spray-painting words such as “ISIS” on a wall at another secondary school in the vicinity of the Hurricane.

The FBI has determined that the group was not involved.

The Deseret News reports the boy will remain in juvenile detention pending another court appearance.

No explosion resulted and no one was hurt March 5, after the backpack was found emitting smoke in a common area of Pine View High School.

Charging documents say the boy told the police that if someone is injured, he probably wouldn’t give it.

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