Safety concerns take tablets out of Amarillo classrooms

Safety concerns take tablets out of Amarillo classrooms

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - Students in Amarillo have been asked to immediately return district-issued Acer Chromebooks after three of the touchscreen devices unexpectedly caught fire, according to the Amarillo Independent School District.

In a release issued last Friday, administrators said the decision to collect all Acer 720P models was out of concern for student safety.

"We have returned all three burned units to the manufacturer," said Chief Technology Officer Jeff Roller. "Acer is very aware of the situation, and they will advise a course of action once the final determination has been made."

Officials said none of the students whose touchscreen units caught fire were injured.

The tablets were issued to around 4,000 high school students at the beginning of the school year, including all students at Palo Duro High School and some at Amarillo and Tascosa. The issuance is part of a larger effort to integrate evolving technology into the classroom.

Students unable to turn their smart devices in were instructed to immediately power them off in accordance to directions posted on the three schools' websites and to not use the device again.

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