A teenager from Shell Knob facing felony charges after he allegedly brought home a potential explosive device from Blue Eye high school two weeks ago was released from jail after posting $10,000 bond.
Stone County prosecutor Matt Selby charged Clayton Scott Wells with unlawful possession, transport, manufacture, repair of sale of an illegal weapon for the incident which allegedly began at the school.
According to the probable cause statement, the boy's stepmother alerted Barry County authorities after the 17 year-old allegedly brought an "incendiary" device home. Wells told his stepmother another student gave him the device and "she" was shown how to make it by another student.
Wells later admitted to lying, and stated he received the device from another juvenile on the bus on the way to school. He told investigators that he stored the device in his backpack at school before he took it home.
Stone and Barry County deputies, Missouri State Fire Investigators Office, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and the Springfield Bomb Squad all responded to Wells’ Shell Knob residence.
The device was examined and deemed inert by the Springfield Bomb Squad, according to Stone County sheriff Doug Rader.
Rader says investigators found two similar devices at two residences, one in Stone County and another in Barry County, of juveniles. Those cases have been turned over to juvenile authorities, according to Rader.
"Blue Eye High School has been cooperating during the entire investigation," said Rader. "They were not aware of any type of device at the school until they were notified by the sheriff's department."
Wells' attorney Joe Passanise was successfully got his clients bond reduced last week. Judge Alan Blankenship ordered that Wells have no contact with the school district or staff, that he not possess any weapons and must undergo mental health assessment within two weeks.
Wells, who is also facing misdemeanor charges of making a false report, is scheduled to return to court on April 29th