“Zip-Gun” discovered at Katy’s Seven Lakes High School
By LeaAnne Klentzman
Shortly after 10 am, Monday morning, parents with children attending Seven Lakes High School were notified that a security risk had caused the evacuation of the school.
Students were herded to the surrounding sports fields and eventually moved to the nearby junior high so they could be released for pick up after 1 p.m., that afternoon.
According to law enforcement, the incident unfolded when police learned that a “zip-gun” was on campus. It was located in the building that morning, then another device was recovered from the trunk of the car driven to school by 19 year old Thomas Scott Barfield.
Seven Lakes High School serves the affluent north Fort Bend communities of Seven Lakes, Seven Meadows, Meadowbrook Farms, and parts of Cinco Ranch to list just a few.
A “zip-gun” has been described as an improvised device that is designed to propel projectiles that can cause harm or injury. “Zip-guns” can be from made from just about anything from PVC to the more commonly used metal pipes.
“Zip-guns” have been around for many years and were reportedly made from coffee percolators in the days of the Chicago gangsters.
As the students at Seven Lakes resumed their daily routine Tuesday morning, their classmate Thomas Scott Barfield was scheduled to go before Judge Harold Kennedy in the Fort Bend County Jail.
Barfield faces charges of possession of a prohibited weapon.
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