Student burned by lighter at Pinellas County school

Details are still coming in, but reportedly a student was badly burned and has to be flown to a hospital.

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- A student was burned at an elementary school, prompting an evacuation, fire officials said.

The incident happened about 2:24 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8. It was first reported as a structure fire at High Point Elementary School, 5921 150th Ave. N., but when rescuers arrived there was no fire seen.

An 8-year-old student was badly burned in an incident involving a lighter, according to school officials. The child was burned between their waist and shoulder.

The child was flown to Tampa General Hospital.

On Thursday, principal Mike Feeney sent a note to parents: 

"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."

A teacher received minor injuries and treated at the scene, fire officials earlier said.

School officials evacuated the campus as a precaution. 

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