Craigmont HS bombing suspects arraigned in court

(WMC-TV) – Three students are in jail, being held on large bond amounts, as they face charges in connection to the bombs that went off at Craigmont High School Thursday.

Leviticus Lacy appeared in court Friday via video. His bond is set at $300,000.

Calvin Hubbard lives next door to Lacy. He describes him as a nice boy, who is hardly a troublemaker.

"He always working and cleaning around the yard. Keeping up the yard, cutting the grass. And you know, if I need him for anything, help me move something around here, he jump right on it," said Hubbard.

Lacy remains behind bars, accused of causing chaos at the high school by setting off two explosions in the hallways with homemade chemical bottle bombs.

Accused accomplice Tarif Johnson made his first appearance by video Friday as well.

His bond was also set at $300,000.

A third suspect, a senior at the school, was also arrested Friday.

According to a police affidavit, Shaquille Watson and Lacy were seen on video "mixing the components of one of the devices."

Police say Lacy implicated Johnson.

"I'm hoping there isn't malicious intent. I don't think it was intended to cause bodily harm or death to anyone," said Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong.

Armstrong hinted it may have been a prank, but investigators have not officially announced a motive.

Regardless, those bottle bombs sent Assistant Principal Brenda Fayne to the hospital, caused an evacuation of the school, and even canceled classes for the day.

"Those kids will be dealt with. They'll be held responsible for their actions," said Armstrong. "I hope the parents realize that. These things can't be taken lightly."

Memphis City Schools says that all three students were seniors but will not be allowed to graduate. They are all expelled.

WMC-TV is awaiting an official update on the status of the assistant principal who was taken the hospital. We have been told that she should be just fine.

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