Highlands Ranch

Boys charged in SkyView Academy chemical incident

Emergency vehicles, including the Douglas County Sheriff's Bomb Squad trailer, were brought to SkyView Academy Jan. 14 after a chemical device ruptured in a classroom. Photo by Jane Reuter
By Jane Reuter

Two male SkyView Academy students are being held on charges related to the Jan. 14 chemical incident at the Highlands Ranch charter school. The boys are charged with possession, use or removal of explosive or incendiary devices, a felony.

Four students and a teacher were taken to a local hospital "as a precaution," when a chemical reaction in an unspecified container ruptured in a SkyView classroom at about 10 a.m., officials said.

The investigation is ongoing and will be reviewed by the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office, who will make the final call on charges.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is releasing few additional details. Its most recent news release said it is prohibited from doing according to rules surrounding pre-trial publicity.

"Initially, we were trying to determine if it was malicious or accidental," Sgt. Ron Hanavan said. "We've determined this was not accidental and are treating it as a criminal investigation."

Hanavan could not say where the boys were being held, but confirmed they are not confined with any adults.

About 1,200 SkyView students and staff evacuated the building after the incident, and the remaining day's classes were canceled. Classes resumed Dec. 15.  

Multiple units from the South Metro and Littleton fire departments responded to the school.

SkyView Academy is a k-12 charter school that operates under the auspices of the Douglas County School District.

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