Student held after zip gun found at high school

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Associated Press

Posted on January 14, 2014 at 2:02 PM

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

Fort Bend County sheriff's spokesman Bob Haenel says Thomas Scott Barfield will appear in court Tuesday on a charge of possession of a prohibited weapon. He remains in custody at the Fort Bend County jail.

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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