Sunday, September 16, 2007

Show & Yell

BETHUNE, France - A school was evacuated on Saturday in northern France after a nine-year-old girl brought a World War II hand grenade to show to the class, police said.

Her teacher had asked students to bring an unusual object to school, according to deputy police chief Vincent Roberti. The girl obliged, pulling a grenade her brother had found out of her bag.

The teacher "immediately reacted, putting the weapon in a plastic bag, taking it to the courtyard and warning the school principal," Roberti told AFP.

Police, firefighters and bomb-disposal experts arrived on the scene while the 191-student school was evacuated.
Roberti said the grenade did not explode when the pin was finally removed.

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