UPDATE: Westside Student Charged, Seen Detonating Explosive Device

By: Chase Moffitt, Roger Hamer Email
By: Chase Moffitt, Roger Hamer Email

A 17-year-old Westside student charged with detonating an explosive device on school grounds last week made his first court appearance Monday afternoon.

Seventeen-year-old Dakota Parsons was charged with possession of explosive materials, possession of an explosive device and possession of marijuana, all felonies. Parsons is being charged as an adult.

According to police, a staff member at Westside High witnessed an explosive device detonated on school grounds Thursday evening and alerted school officials.

On Friday, school officials located Parsons and called police after finding questionable materials in his backpack.

The Bomb Response Unit Team responded and found the property was in fact explosive materials. They also found additional materials for making explosive devices at Parsons’ residence as well as marijuana in his backpack.

In court Monday, prosecutors say his backpack contained screws, wood, tape, powder and detonators.

A request for house arrest for Parsons was refused by the judge.

Parsons' bond was set at $50,000. He can be released by posting ten percent.

His next court appearance is set for Dec 4th.

Dakota Parsons could serve up to 11 years in prison, if convicted on all three counts.

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