CLIFTON, N.J. (AP) — A group of 10- and 11-year-olds upset about a friend being bullied devised an immature and unrealistic plot to bomb a high school with vegetable oil, salad dressing and cinnamon, New Jersey authorities said Friday.
Passaic County Prosecutor Carmen Valdes said Friday that the children filled an empty mint tin with the ingredients, but she said the device was not flammable or dangerous and none of the kids had a match or a lighter.
At no time were students in danger, Valdes said in a statement.
The children, who weren't arrested or charged, will be required to enter an agreement with the Clifton police department that includes mandatory counseling, Valdes said, and will be required to undergo a psychiatric evaluation before returning to school.
They could face charges if they don't follow requirements of the agreement.
The students were caught when teachers and administrators found written plans on how the alleged attack would occur, authorities said. The school then contacted police.
The students were released to their parents' custody and were suspended.
Clifton police Detective Sgt. Robert Bracken told reporters Thursday that the students intended to bring the device to school to cause damage inside the auditorium. He said the students "thought it was capable of doing damage."
Earlier this week, police said five students had been detained. On Friday, authorities said the fifth person was the high school friend who reported being bullied. The youth was not involved in the plot and isn't facing discipline.