Posted: Sep 9, 2013 8:53 AM
Updated: Sep 9, 2013 8:53 AM
SPRING, Texas (AP) Children returned to classes Monday at a suburban Houston high school amid tightened security following a knife fight that left one student dead and three injured.
Students lined up for security screening before they could enter the Spring High School, where metal detectors and hand-held wand devices have been installed following a fight last Wednesday left 17-year-old Joshua Devon Broussard dead.
Uniformed law enforcement officers and patrol vehicles surrounded the facility in Spring, which had been closed since Broussard's death.
Harris County sheriff's deputies have arrested another 17-year-old student, Luis Alonzo Alfaro in the attack. Alfaro was being held Monday in the Harris County jail on a murder charge, with bond set at $140,000.
Sheriff's investigators blame gang rivalry for the fight. Spring is about 20 miles north of Houston.
Some students released balloons Monday to remember the victim, and several prayer groups gathered. Principal Donna Ullrich said parents and school officials would meet this week to discuss school safety and security.
"We are part of the Spring community, and we need your help to make our school the safest and best school possible," Ullrich said in a letter Sunday to parents of high school students.
A memorial service for Broussard was disrupted Sunday night when shots were fired outside Spring Baptist Church. No injuries were reported and nobody was arrested, said Christina Garza, a sheriff's department spokeswoman.
The district serves more than 36,500 students at 38 campuses, according to the Spring ISD website. Security was increased Monday at Spring ISD's two other high schools, as a precaution, said district police Chief Victor Mitchell.