US arrests two for fake school bomb

The photo of the fake bomb that Sean Doran and Kayla Sypek allegedly left at the entrance of East Hampton Middle School on January 12, 2013

Police in the US state of Connecticut have arrested two young people for leaving a fake bomb at a school and charged them with three felony counts.

Police arrested the young couple, Sean Doran and Kayla Sypek, after they admitted to planting the facsimile bomb outside the front doors of East Hampton Middle School on Saturday.

The incident prompted officials to lock down the building and call in the state police bomb squad, who after examining and X-raying the device, determined it did not contain any explosives.

Police said the two were charged with first-degree threatening, first-degree reckless endangerment and first-degree breach of peace, all felony charges, adding that the young men are each being held on $100,000 bail and are set to appear in court on Monday.

On December 14, 2012, 20 children and six adults were killed by a gunman — who later killed himself — at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The assailant had also killed his mother earlier in the day.

After the Sandy Hook massacre, a Gallup poll found that the majority of Americans would like stricter gun laws and a ban on high-capacity firearms.

Over 100,000 US citizens have signed the White House’s We the People petition on line, asking the administration of President Barack Obama to make gun laws stricter and to promote a national debate on gun control.