Prosecutor says S.C. student to face WMD charge

April 22, 2008 12:31:22 PM PDT
The acting U.S. attorney for South Carolina says a teenager accused of planning to bomb his high school will face a federal charge of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. The charge carries a possible life sentence. Prosecutor Kevin McDonald says 18-year-old Ryan Schallenberger (SHAL'-en-burger) also will face two lesser federal charges stemming from his scheme to detonate explosives in a suicide attack on his high school in Chesterfield, a town in northeastern South Carolina.

The news came less than an hour before Schallenberger (SHAL'-en-burger) was to appear in court for a bond hearing.

Schallenberger (SHAL'-en-burger) was arrested Saturday after his parents called police because he had ordered 10 pounds of ammonium nitrate.

Police say they also discovered a hate-filled journal lauding the Columbine killers.