December 19, 2012
Dec. 19, 2012—Cypress-Fairbanks ISD reminds those celebrating the upcoming Christmas and New Year holidays that Texas law prohibits the discharge of fireworks on school district property.
The Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 2154, Subchapter F, Section 2154.251 (a) (1), states that a person may not “explode or ignite fireworks within 600 feet of any church, a hospital other than a veterinary hospital, an asylum, a licensed child care center, or a public or private primary or secondary school or institution of higher education unless the person receives authorization in writing from that organization.” According to Subchapter G, Section 2154.303 (c), the violation of this law “that results in property damage in an amount of less than $200 and does not result in bodily injury or death . is a Class C misdemeanor.”
The CFISD police department will patrol the district's premises during this holiday season. Citizens who observe such violations are requested to contact the Cypress Fairbanks Police Department dispatcher at 281-897-4337 or 832-237-2373. Persons found violating these laws may be issued a citation.
“We want to maintain a safe environment around our schools. To avoid accidental fires, injuries, property damage or littering, we ask that individuals discharge fireworks in areas that the county has deemed appropriate—not on district property,” said Ralph Gonzales, director of campus safety. “We want children to be aware that school property should not be used as an area to try out motorcycles, three-wheelers or go-carts as these can be potentially dangerous areas for such activity.”