14-year-old appears in court on Skyview chemical incident


A 14-year-old boy appeared today in Clark County Juvenile Court on accusations he mixed a toxic cocktail of chemicals and exposed other students Thursday at Skyview High School.

The freshman will be arraigned Wednesday on possible charges of second-degree assault and reckless endangerment. Commissioner Terry Vetter found probable cause today for the boy’s hold in Clark County Juvenile Detention Center.

Nine people, including two adults and seven teenagers, were sent to Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center Thursday for respiratory distress and were discharged the same day.

Karen Peterson was appointed as the boy’s defense attorney.

The boy is accused of mixing bleach and ammonia in a container and bringing it to the high school. He allegedly asked two students in second-period class to inhale the concoction, according to court documents. One of the students pushed the container away, causing it to spill on a third student, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. The spill caused the more widespread exposure.

A hazardous material crew from Vancouver Fire Department was called to the school at about 9:15 a.m. Thursday. Clark County Sheriff’s Office investigated the incident and arrested the boy.

The Vancouver School District has done an emergency expulsion of the boy, said Tom Hagley, the district’s executive director of community and government relations.

The school wing where the classroom is located was evacuated, but school remained in session, according to school officials.

Bleach mixed with ammonia produces toxic gases, which can can cause eye, skin and respiratory irritation. It also can, in some cases, eat away mucous lining in the lungs.