Janitor finds gas-soaked bales of hay behind Castle Rock Middle School

2013-05-30T09:46:00Z 2013-05-31T07:40:07Z Janitor finds gas-soaked bales of hay behind Castle Rock Middle SchoolBy ROB ROGERS rrogers@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

The janitor at Castle Rock Middle School discovered six bales of hay, doused with what appeared to be gas and oil, stacked against the back entrance of the school Thursday morning. 

Gas cans were scattered around the hay bales on the receiving dock.

"Our first concern was the safety of our students and staff," said Principal Shaun Harrington. 

Harrington immediately notified the police and fire departments, which arrived at the school and investigated the scene. Agents from the Department of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms were also brought in. 

Harrington said agents swept the school before classes started to make sure inside the building was safe. Nothing was found. 

The school's loading and receiving area is currently roped off with crime scene tape as police investigate. 

Harrington praised the Castle Rock's school resource officer, Kelly Compton, who was Harrington's first point of contact. 

"We went right to Kelly," Harrington said, and he took it from there. 

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  1. ne-mt
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    ne-mt - May 31, 2013 6:51 am
    I would guess there is more than one person that did this. They had to have had a pickup and a place to get the bales but why not pick up the gas cans. Did they get scared away for some reason. I would guess the bales came from a place not too far away. When they can't pick up the gas cans they are not too smart to think of where they get the bales from, either dads pile or the neighbors. Good police work should turn up where the bales came from then go from there.
  2. Sartori
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    Sartori - May 31, 2013 5:26 am
    Uhhhh, shouldn't the praise be to the janitor who found the bales in the first place...
  3. billy banger
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    billy banger - May 30, 2013 8:39 pm
    Any news about those explosives stolen from the forest service?
  4. Dr Livingston
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    Dr Livingston - May 30, 2013 8:11 pm
    Or bodily fluids.
  5. thehippie777
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    thehippie777 - May 30, 2013 12:47 pm
    Hopefully some convenience store clerk has some info. Don't need to be 18 to purchase petrol...
  6. fidlr
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    fidlr - May 30, 2013 11:07 am
    This is a very serious incident. Let us hope that those gas cans contain fingerprints or DNA evidence that could be used in identifying the sick individual(s) responsible for this attempted arson and potential homicide. This type of crime should result in lengthy prison sentences.

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