A 17 year old student detonated two pipe bombs in a San Mateo, California high school on Monday before being subdued by faculty members.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the boy was wearing a bulletproof vest and was armed with an additional eight pipe bombs, a two-foot long sword and a chainsaw. Police said that the student planned to set off the bombs and then attack survivors with the other weapons.
Gadget blog Gizmodo wonders whether there may have been a video game connection:
If you’re wondering why this is on Gizmodo—and you guys always do—it’s because those weapons inherently remind me of movie and video game weapons. I’m not trying to say that video games cause violence or don’t cause violence, but what I’m saying is that when a 17 year old man-child thinks he can corner his classmates while dual wielding a chainsaw and a sword probably played a lot of doom and zelda and didn’t do very well in gym class, so would get tired very quickly.
A second report by the SF Chronicle describes the boy as a "techno wizard." His mother thought the bomb-making components were being used to build model rockets.