SPOKANE, Wash. - For the first time since her son was charged, the mother of a former Ferris student is speaking out. Her son is accused of setting off two pop bottle explosives at Ferris High School on the morning of January 23rd. The school evacuated shortly after. The student has since been expelled.
"He's never been in trouble so this was a really hard fast lesson for him that no one is immune to the consequences of a bad decision," his mother said. "For every action there's a reaction and unfortunately this is the way he was broken into reality."
Authorities charged the student with second degree malicious placement of an imitation device and third degree assault as someone was burned cleaning up the pop bottle device. The charges devastated the boy and his family, but his mom wants the community to know her son is a good kid who made a poor choice.
"He had me take him back down to the school and he has fully understood since that moment that it was a bad decision and he feels really, really bad," she said. "He's never been suspended, he's never been in detention, he's been on the honor roll and never been in trouble with the law, until now."
Right now the boy is continuing to get caught up on school as he missed some time following his expulsion from Ferris.
"I don't like it, he doesn't like it, I don't think anybody likes it, but at this point we're just trying to move forward, get his education and just get him back to right."
The young man's arraignment is set for April 16th.