Police say student brought Molotov cocktail to Jonesboro school

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - A Jonesboro middle school was locked down temporarily today after a teacher discovered that a 14-year-old student brought a Molotov cocktail into the building, Police Capt. B-J Smith says an alert teacher noticed the smell of gasoline.

Smith says the Nettleton Middle School student had filled a bottle with gasoline and was carrying paper towels to use as a wick. The teacher then found the bottle and contacted police.

It wasn't known whether the student was targeting any individual or that anyone else was involved. The student was being held at the Craighead County Juvenile Detention Center. Police said the matter would likely be handled in juvenile court.

The Nettleton School District is in east Jonesboro, across town from Jonesboro Westside, where four girls and a teacher were killed by two students during an attack March 24th, 1998.

Superintendent James Dunivan says no threats were made and that school officials reacted as trained. The school was locked down while police checked the building for other devices.

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