Wesley Chapel High School lockdown causes chaos in the classroom

A bomb goes off at bay area high school

WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. - They ended the day at Wesley Chapel High School with a thank you to students for their cooperation on a day that started out chaotic.

According to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, it was just before 7:30 Tuesday morning when someone tossed what they are calling an acid bomb into a trash can and it went off.

The school was immediately put into lockdown and students started texting each other and their parents.

When Elisa Voss received a text from her son, she raced to the school.  She would tell us his text read, "There were terrorists inside the school and they were in lockdown and that he was scared."

Gloria Atwood also received a text from her daughter. I asked her what was going through her head when she read it, "I'm thinking crazy thoughts because there are so many nuts in this world."

Student Allison Morera confirmed it was confusing at first, saying, "Nobody knew what was going on until people were getting text messages."

But with nobody seriously hurt, and the all-clear given, the lockdown was lifted 90 minutes later, with Alison telling me, "I know everyone was safe because the staff is good."

Deputies arrested a 15-year-old 10th grader.  He is now looking at two charges.  The first, disrupting a school function, a misdemeanor.  The second, discharging a destructive device, a felony.

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