HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Two Klein ISD students have been arrested and
charged with felony arson after setting off a firework inside Klein
Forest High School.
Four students were injured in the blast aftermath.
Because the suspects are juveniles, their names will not be released.
Authorities were called to the campus for a possible explosion around 1 p.m. Tuesday.
Forest officials told ABC13 fireworks exploded in the cafeteria during
5th period, which prompted an immediate evacuation of close to 4,000
people. Students were dismissed for the day. After-school activities
were cancelled and bomb detection dogs swept the campus as a precaution.
is not a drill. We have a device activated inside the building with
injuries," a dispatcher announced to emergency responders.
was hospitalized. One male student was detained and later expelled,
according to the Klein ISD. Investigators and students told ABC13 the
fireworks were in a container inside his backpack. Authorities say it's
possible more students were involved.
"It is a known fact that fireworks cannot be brought to a school," Harris County Fire Marshal Laurie Christensen told reporters.
Klein ISD released the following statement regarding the incident:
January 7, 2020, an incident occurred at Klein Forest High School. We
believe it is important to keep you informed about our district.
incident is still under investigation, but it is believed that an
aerial firework placed in a container was discharged at approximately 1
p.m. Klein ISD Police Officers on duty at the campus immediately
responded and began executing the emergency operations plan. Students
and staff evacuated the building immediately and all students and staff
Four Klein ISD students sustained minor injuries and were
immediately checked by the school nurse and by Cypress Creek EMS when
they arrived on the scene. They have been cleared by the EMS and are
with their families. No students or staff needed hospitalization for
further medical attention. Counselors were on site immediately to
A suspect has been detained by law enforcement and
issued an emergency expulsion in accordance with the student code of
conduct by Klein ISD administration. As the investigation continues,
Klein ISD will hold all involved in this incident responsible to the
fullest extent of the student code of conduct and the law.
District is grateful for the immediate response of emergency personnel,
law enforcement, and first responders working with the Klein Police
Department in responding to this incident.
Klein Forest students, staff and administration are to be commended for ensuring a smooth and orderly evacuation.
criminal acts are taken seriously, investigated completely, and
addressed through the Student Code of Conduct as well as through law
enforcement. The safety of our students and staff is always a top
priority in Klein ISD. We encourage all of our students and staff to be
vigilant and proactive. Please contact us whenever you see or hear
something suspicious concerning Klein ISD. If you see something, say
something. Don't spread it, report it. Use the Keep Klein Safe red
button located at the top of all Klein ISD webpages.
resumed at Klein Forest High School Wednesday morning. Counselors and
extra officers were also scheduled to be on hand, officials said.
district attorney's office said it was able to quickly identify the
juvenile suspects, get confessions from them and file charges.
juveniles were charged with arson because they intentionally caused an
explosion inside the school, the fire marshal's office said.