Police investigate second toilet explosion

May 19, 2009

By Chantelle Lusebrink

School officials and King County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating the cause of another toilet explosion at the Pacific Cascade Freshman Campus. Sheriff’s deputies were at the school, 24635 S.E. Issaquah-Fall City Road, with a canine unit May 11 in hopes of finding materials or residue that may have contributed to an explosion in a second-story boy’s restroom in the 2100 wing at about 11 a.m. April 29.

It is the second such explosion at the school this year.

The first explosion also took place in the 2100 wing of the building at about 11:15 a.m. Jan. 16, near the end of the school’s first lunch.

Both explosions caused damage to a toilet and an adjoining wall in the boy’s restroom.

During both incidents, the school was evacuated in accordance with the school’s emergency plans. Students were kept outside until emergency officials determined the school was safe.

During the May 11 search, sheriff’s deputies didn’t find any substances related to the explosion, said Sara Niegowski, the district’s communication director. But deputies are continuing to investigate.

School officials and deputies are asking that any student or parent with information about the incident call the school’s principal.

“This is very serious,” Niegowski said. “School officials are stepping up their vigilance and are watching for who is in the hallways when and who is going where.”

In addition, school officials have discussed the severity of consequences for the incidents, which could include felony charges and expulsion from school if a suspect is found.

“We are confident students know the severity of these acts,” Niegowski said. “We feel the situation is under control.”

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