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Student burned in High Point Elementary fire had a lighter

By Colleen Wright
The entrance of High Point Elementary, 5921 150th Ave. N, where a student was burned Wednesday and taken to Tampa General Hospital. Officials said Thursday the student had a lighter at school. [Pinellas County Schools]

CLEARWATER ó A High Point Elementary student who was airlifted with burn injuries Wednesday had a lighter at school, district officials say.

Pinellas County Schools spokeswoman Lisa Wolf on Thursday said the student was burned while in possession of the lighter and described it as an "isolated incident involving one student and was not part of a classroom activity."

Wolf would not say if the student would face any discipline, citing student privacy laws.

The Largo Fire Department responded to the call around 2:20 p.m., and the boy was taken by Bayflite to Tampa General Hospitalís burn center.

The school was evacuated but no other students were in danger. A teacher who suffered minor injuries was back in school on Thursday, Wolf confirmed.

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