Wheeler High School juniors Joshua Denning and Evan Wallace of East Cobb posted bond and left the jail in York, SC, Monday night after being arrested Sunday and charged with three counts of use and possession of a destructive device.
Denning's bond is $15,000, and Wallace's bond is $16,500.
The two 17-year-olds have admitted using two bottle bombs about nine hours apart at one house in Clover and another bomb outside a nearby house just outside the city in unincorporated York County, according to the incident reports from the Clover Police Department and the York Sheriff's Office.
They each are charged with two counts of use and possession of a destructive device in the city of Clover and one count of the same charge in the incident outside the city at the empty house. Each count is a felony that carries a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison, the Clover police said.
Wallace also faces a misdemeanor charge of possession of a Schedule I controlled substance, punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. Wallace had two packages of synthetic marijuana in a pants pocket, police reported. Officers also found a glass pipe used to smoke marijuana during a search of the boys' vehicle.
Cobb County School District spokesman Doug Goodwin said he cannot comment on the specific cases involving the two students, but he pointed out the policies regarding student behavior off school grounds in the system's Code of Student Conduct policy handbook:
Off-campus misconduct for which a student shall be disciplined includes, but is not limited to, any off-campus conduct that is:
• Prohibited by the Georgia or United States criminal codes; AND
• Punishable as a FELONY or would be punishable as a felony if committed by an
• Conduct for which a student has been arrested, indicted, adjudicated to have
committed, or convicted; AND
• Conduct which makes the student’s continued presence at school a potential danger to persons or property at the school or which disrupts the educational process.
The code goes on to say, "A student who is arrested for, or charged with a felony or charged with an act that would constitute a felony if committed by an adult shall be automatically suspended from interscholastic/extracurricular activities."
Denning plays tennis for Wheeler, and Wallace plays baseball for the school.
The school district policy says the students will remain suspended from extracurriculars until the charges are dismissed or reduced to misdemeanors, the students are found not guilty, or the students serve out other consequences outlined in the code.