- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 14, 2014

KATY, Texas (AP) - A 19-year-old high school student has made an initial court appearance on charges that he brought a weapon to his Houston-area school, prompting an evacuation and campus sweep by a bomb squad.

Bond for Thomas Scott Barfield was set Tuesday at $20,000. He remains in the Fort Bend County jail on a charge of possession of a prohibited weapon.

About 4,000 students at Seven Lakes High School in Katy were evacuated Monday. Katy school officials initially said a “potential explosive device” was found, and later explained the device was a zip gun. The district described a zip gun as “any device altered to propel an object designed to cause harm.” Police later found a firearm in the trunk of Barfield’s vehicle.

Classes at Seven Lakes resumed Tuesday.




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