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December 03, 2015

Police: New Jersey fifth-graders built device, planned to damage high school

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Clifton High School in Clifton, N.J.

Police say several fifth-graders were detained after school officials discovered their plot to damage a North Jersey high school, reports.

School officials called police around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday after they allegedly uncovered written plans by the fifth-graders to bring an explosive device to Clifton High School in Clifton, N.J., during a field trip scheduled for later that day.

The event ended up being canceled.

Authorities said five fifth-graders from the Merselis Avenue elementary school were detained after police discovered a device. 

Even though the device was not explosive and included a mixture of cinnamon and vinegar, police still stressed that the students' alleged plan was not a prank.

"They didn’t have the right equipment, but the intent was there," Detective Sgt. Robert Bracken, spokesman for the Police Department, told "This is very disturbing."

The students were suspended from school and released to their parents following questioning. 

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