Student detonated bomb at school
A COOLUM State High School student who made a bomb out of 200 sparklers is facing expulsion.
Zac Andrew set off the bomb in bushland behind the school during his lunch hour.
No one was injured, although police were called and three year 10 students, including Zac, were suspended.
It was understood the 15-year-old spent three days conjuring up the potentially dangerous plan using a school laptop given to him for homework purposes by a teacher.
It was perfectly executed through a public Facebook chat, with each person involved collecting the necessary materials to assemble the bomb secretly at school on March 26.
A school teacher was believed to have discovered the boys' online chat but was too late to disarm the bomb, and they were suspended as a result.
It was the second time Zac had been suspended from the school in two years.
His dad, John-Paul Andrew, was livid that his son was suspended for using materials given to him by the school.
He said the laptop should have had "bomb-making" sites blocked from his son's view.
"The school provided the laptop used to find the bomb recipe, they knew about it and they let it happen," Mr Andrew said.
"There was no supervision at the school, how could they not know that three kids were making a bomb in lunch hours?"
He said teachers' admitted to know of his son's plans to make the bomb three days before it exploded.
He was given three pages of Facebook chats which tell of the plan and when it would happen.
"They have taken parenting out my hands by giving him this laptop," he said.
"I would never have allowed him to have it because of this exact reason."
Now Mr Andrew has had to face the fact that Zac may be expelled from the school because of his actions.
"We had a phone call last week from a guidance councillor telling us that they were on the lookout for another school for Zac," he said.
"I will refuse to send him anywhere but this school.
"In my eyes he has done the wrong thing and he knows that, but they can't honestly put all the blame on him when they admit to knowing of it and not doing anything about it."
He said Zac acknowledged that making a bomb was a dangerous mistake.
"I sent my son to school with a packed lunch and that was it, all the rest of the stuff he got at school," he said.
"He is a good kid. He has never acted like that or will never act like that under my roof because I would not allow it."
The education department was unavailable for comment.