Boy burned at Clearwater elementary school had lighter, school officials say

A child was burned at High Point Elementary School in Clearwater.

CLEARWATER, Fla. (WFLA) – An 8-year-old boy who was airlifted to a local hospital after he was burned at a Clearwater elementary school had a lighter with him when it happened, school officials said Thursday.

The boy was airlifted Wednesday afternoon from High Point Elementary School to Tampa General Hospital’s burn unit. He suffered burns to his shoulders, torso, hands and arms.

School officials did not release details on Wednesday about how the boy was burned.

The incident prompted the evacuation of the entire school.

On Thursday, the Pinellas County School District said the boy had a lighter, but did not release additional details about what happened. The school district released the following statement:

“A student at High Point Elementary School was burned while in possession of a lighter. This was an isolated incident involving one student and was not part of a classroom activity.

The student’s teacher is at school today.”

The principal of High Point Elementary School sent the following message about the incident to parents on Thursday:

“Hello, this is Mike Feeney, principal of High Point Elementary. As you may have heard, a High Point student was injured on campus yesterday afternoon.

 The student was burned while in possession of a lighter.

 This was an isolated incident involving one student and was not part of a classroom activity.

A counseling team visited classrooms to provide students with information and support following yesterday’s incident.

 We will continue to have a support team available to all students, staff and families, as long as needed.

 Information on how to speak with your student will be sent home today.

 If you feel your child needs to speak with a counselor, please call our front office. The well-being of students is our priority.

 Thank you.”

Largo Fire Rescue professional standards chief Terry Tokarz said the investigation has been handed over to the state and county fire marshal’s offices.

The boy’s condition and identity have not been released.

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