A 16-year-old Southwest High School student was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon shortly after fire officials were called to the Williamson Road school, where sprinklers activated in a boys’ bathroom.
Macon-Bibb County fire Capt. Alton Davis said there was no fire in the high school, but a sprinkler head activated shortly after 12:30 p.m. in the bathroom, causing flooding and an evacuation of the school.
“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 a charge.
Four fire trucks and an ambulance were at the school about 1 p.m. 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 from 12:50 p.m. until about 1:45 p.m.
No testing was going on Tuesday, and officials said they were checking the school for any damages.
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