Ferris H.S. Principal: 'We Will Find Who Did This, And We Will Take Full Measures'
by Kelsey Watts, KHQ Local News Anchor/Reporter - bio | email
SPOKANE, Wash. – The student who confessed to Wednesday's bottle explosion scare at Ferris High School could face both school punishment and criminal charges.
The exact repercussions are still being worked out by Spokane Police, and Spokane Schools, and depend on the findings of their investigation.
But there was one thing made very clear: they will pursue every available recourse.
"This is as serious as it could possibly be," said Ferris H.S. Principal Kevin Foster. "We will investigate. We will find who did this, and we will take full measures, both legal and school discipline measures. We can't have this level of disruption and we can't have our kids be unsafe."
Spokane Schools Spokesperson Terren Roloff told KHQ the students behind the scare will likely face suspension, or perhaps expulsion. A long-term suspension can last anywhere from 10 days to the end of the semester.
But whoever did it may not only be facing disciplinary action from the school; they could be charged with a crime.
Spokane Police could look at possible charges of reckless endangerment, depending on the outcome of the investigation. They say the contents of the bottle were likely household chemicals, and while students and staff were not in danger, a custodian did get minor burns on his fingers cleaning it up and a few people reported irritation breathing in the fumes.
Still, police say the bottles that exploded were largely a nuisance, and school officials believe it was a ploy to get out of school during finals week.
Wednesday afternoon, school surveillance tapes were reviewed, and police – along with the Ferris High School resource officer – were interviewing students they saw on those tapes who may have witnessed what happened.
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