A teacher who removes an explosive from a school building, as happened today in Colorado, is not following the 'recommended protocol,' say police, but might just be a hero.
Tri-City Herald / AP
A teacher removed a suspicious package left inside a northern Colorado school that was later determined to be an active explosive, authorities said Tuesday.
However, police in Lafayette were cautious about calling the teacher a hero.
"That would not be a recommended protocol for the safety of the person carrying it," police Cmdr. Gene McCausey said. "Whether it was a smart thing to do or the teacher's a hero, that would be left up to the reader."
Still, he said, "If my kid was in that school I would be very thankful that he or she removed it for safety."
The name of the teacher was not released.
Police arrested a 16-year-old boy after the apparent pipe bomb prompted the evacuation of Centaurus High School on Monday. He was taken into custody at his home, where investigators said they found additional evidence.
His name was not released because he is a juvenile.
Police described the device as similar to a pipe bomb and said it was removed by a bomb squad robot from the campus and detonated in a construction lot.