A 16-year-old Southwest High School student was arrested this afternoon shortly after fire officials were called to the Williamson Road school when sprinklers were activated in a boys bathroom.
Capt. Alton Davis with the Macon-Bibb County Fire Department said there was no fire in the high school but a sprinkler head was activated shortly after 12:30 p.m. today in the bathroom causing flooding and the school to be evacuated.
“There’s probably close to 500 gallons of water in the building,” Davis said.
A ninth-grader was arrested by campus police but school officials did not immediately have information on the charges.
Four fire trucks and an ambulance were stationed at the school about 1 p.m. today while fire officials swept water out a side door of the school.David Gowan, the school system’s director of risk management said students were evacuated to the football practice field about 12:50 p.m. until 1:45 p.m.
No testing was going on today and officials said they are assessing the school for any damages.
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