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A U.S. judge blasted Canadian teen Travis Biehn and called his parents too lenient Wednesday, as he sent the youth back into detention on bomb-related charges and ordered him to attend a wilderness program.
He was convicted June 13 of scrawling a bomb threat on the wall of his school's bathroom and collecting explosive materials that police found in his bedroom.
Portrayed by prosecutors as a dangerous kid who hates Americans, partly because he wore an "I am Canadian" T-shirt to a court appearance, Biehn has been in custody since his arrest early last month.
And while the judge rejected suggestions the case had anything to do with Canada-U.S. relations, probation officers wanted to require Biehn write letters to U.S. soldiers serving in Iraq as a sign of support for the United States.
"What kind of judgment does that show?" asked the judge, who said he thinks the youth spends too much time with his parents.
Judge Kenneth Biehn, who's no relation, said the 17-year-old is no terrorist but an "arrogant, guarded, defensive, immature, attention-seeking" youth
There's also been plenty of evidence over the years, said the judge, of inappropriate behaviour and disrespect from Biehn, who has been in trouble for shooting paintballs at cars, selling a home-made napalm substance to kids at school and hacking into school computers.