Teen detained in lighter, flammables incident at school

FORT COLLINS - A 15-year-old boy who obtained a lighter and flammable chemicals is in custody after "acting out" at a school north of Fort Collins.

Waverly School, on North Terry Lake Road, was first placed on lockdown just before noon, but then evacuated upon further review by administrators. The school is an alternative facility specializing in students with drug and alcohol issues. Seventeen students were evacuated, sheriff's officials said.

The Larimer County Sheriff's Office responded at 11:56 a.m. to a report of a male who was breaking things and being disorderly. He had a lighter and had gotten into flammable liquids that were stored inside the school, according to the sheriff's office.

It wasn't immediately clear at the scene what materials were in the closet or how much was spread inside the building.

"That was obviously a concern," said Sheriff's Office Spokesman Nick Christensen. It wasn't immediately clear at the scene what chemicals the student got in to, and crews from the Wellington Fire Department donned in bunker gear remained at the scene until at least 1 p.m.

At least five units from the Larimer County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene as well as medical crews from Poudre Valley Hospital EMS, which transported the teen. He was cooperative once taken into custody, officials said.

Charges are pending and the investigation is ongoing.

The Waverly School is located off of North County Road 15, between County Road 66E and County Road 68 in Larimer County.


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