Bellevue West student charged with possession of destructive device

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BELLEVUE, Neb. (WOWT) -- A Bellevue West High School student accused of making terroristic threats was back in court Tuesday facing an additional charge of possession of destructive device.

Nicholas Scott, 18, allegedly told other students that he was going to shoot anyone who would leave the building during a planned student walk-out. Scott was removed from the school by a parent. As the investigation continued, Scott was later contacted and agreed to meet with Officers on Thursday, February 22. During that meeting, Scott was arrested for the felony criminal offense of making terroristic threats and booked into the Sarpy County Jail.

An affidavit detailed that investigators discovered "various unassembled materials that are commonly known to be used in the manufacturing of explosive devices" in Scott's possessions. Those items included:

  • A metal pipe with open end caps
  • Plastic pipe tape so it could be closed
  • Toy rocket propulsion engines
  • Fireworks
  • Homemade fuse from a firework
  • Small nails
  • Two packages of BB’s
  • "There's nothing illegal about BB’s. There's noting illegal about fireworks. There's nothing illegal about nails. Just because of the surrounding circumstance, we understand the severity," said Scott's attorney, David Reed. "If the things that they found are things that we're going to start throwing our kids in jail for - or even anybody - everybody better clean out their garage."

    Reed said his client had those items because he wanted to get a job in metal working, but now the 18-year-old faces charges of making terroristic threats and possession of destructive device. Reed says his client is innocent and has yet to stand trial, but Reed says his high school has already convicted him.

    "And so a letter that goes out that convicts him the eyes of Sarpy County parents does nothing but convict him in the eyes of the public," Reed told 6 News.

    Reed says his client has no future at Bellevue West but he will have a future in life.

    "My client is going to withdraw from Bellevue West. He's getting ready to enroll himself in a university. He's going to complete his education and he’s going to go on to get into metal working like he wants. He's going to have a future," Reed told 6 News.

    Scott’s bond was set at $100,000 for the terroristic threats charge and another $25,000 for possession of a destructive device.