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Wheeler Students Bond Out of Jail

Joshua Denning and Evan Wallace still face felony charges related to homemade explosives they are accused of using in South Carolina.

juniors 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.

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.

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
adult; AND
• 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.

M Greenfield November 15, 2011 at 07:59 PM
According to the school policy, yes! What a terrible lesson these two young men are learning. Hopefully it will be a warning to other teens who see these acts as "harmless". It doesn't indicate in any of the posts...who was the adult in charge of these minors while in SC for the weekend and why were they out driving around at 12:45 AM??
Joseph November 15, 2011 at 08:48 PM
I love how people always blame he parents for this type of situation. When a twenty year old gets in trouble, are the parents blamed? Kids at this age have independent lives mostly with being able to drive and sneak out. What do you want he parents to do? Is having them under constant watch going to work?
mom of two November 15, 2011 at 10:06 PM
I agree. It's a parents job to instill in their children what is right and what is wrong. The child takes it from there and must deal with the consequences of their actions.
MSB November 15, 2011 at 10:29 PM
I met Evan this summer as he was on my son's Travel Team. You would NEVER suspect Evan for doing anything malishes. He was rather the funny kid always having a great time. His parents are are outstanding people as well. This is not the case of a child not being taught proper actions. I have not read all the details, but imagine that these two thought they were having fun, or were mad at someone and it got carried away. I think that this is a prank gone bad and is possibly being blown out of purportion due to the typical terms that are applied to criminal case. I could be wrong and am looking forward to seeing additional information. I have always told both my sons that you need to choose your friends wisely.... Evan was approved in my book!
John Turner November 15, 2011 at 10:46 PM
They were down there for a college football game. You should read before making ridiculous comments.
mom of two November 15, 2011 at 11:03 PM
I am glad the parents are good parents and are involved with their kids. I agree that it was probably a prank gone bad, that they did not mean for things to go this far. I cannot judge the situation - that is for the judge and jury to decide. I do feel, however, that they need to be responsible for their actions. Many "good kids" get into trouble, some for minor things, and some for major things. Since they are good kids, then that should work in their favor in the long run. I have always told my kids that if they would get into trouble, I would stand by them and support them, but they would have to answer to what they did.
Michael Jacobs November 17, 2011 at 11:00 AM
York County now has more serious problems than what these two teens did or didn't do. Wednesday's storms produced a likely tornado that killed at least three people in the county a few miles from Rock Hill. http://patch.com/bvazJ
WheelerWildcat16 November 17, 2011 at 03:30 PM
I go to school with both of them, and they both are good guys. York County is blowing this way out of proportion. To say these are terroristic acts is an exaggeration at best. NO ONE IS TRYING TO TERRORIZE YOUR TINY TOWN.

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