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Students face expulsion for explosives on campus

FORT IRWIN • Three Silver Valley Unified School District students have been suspended and could face expulsion after authorities believe the trio brought hand grenade simulators to the middle school campus earlier this month.

Police also issued citations to the students — one who attended Fort Irwin Middle School and two others at Silver Valley High School. Their names were not released as they are all minors.

By the end of the week administrators will decide whether the three can continue to attend schools in the district, said Superintendent Marc Jackson.

“We believe even good students make stupid decisions,” Jackson said. “We believe their intentions were really not to hurt anyone, but everyone needs to be accountable to the law and be accountable for their actions.”

A total of five simulators were found, including four on the campus. The first simulator was found Sept. 3 in the Sandy Basin area. Two days later a device was found on campus and two more the day after. The most recent simulator was found on campus Monday.

Hand grenade simulators are considered dangerous explosives — the equivalent of two cherry bombs, they can blow a man’s hands off if holding it when it detonates. The National Training Center uses the devices to train soldiers for war, simulating the loud sounds they’ll experience in combat.

Authorities believed a family member, who is a soldier, gave the students access to the grenade simulators.

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