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10/1/2013 6:00:00 AM
TP fire causes school evacuation

KINGMAN - Somebody at Kingman High School, presumably a student, set a roll of toilet paper on fire inside the stall of a boys' room in building G shortly after 9 a.m. Monday.

The Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire Department was called to put out the fire after a school maintenance supervisor was unable to do so with an extinguisher.

A full evacuation of students at the Bank Street campus had already occurred by the time Battalion Chief Jason Scott arrived a few minutes after the call.

Crews brought in a hose and suppressed the blaze and then ventilated the building before the fire department turned over the scene to the school.

No property was damaged - other than to the toilet paper dispenser - but the boys' room was a mess, said Scott, who noted security cameras were operating at the time. He expects school administrators and resource officers to review the tape.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, October 3, 2013
Article comment by: Kingman's A Joke

Schools will cite "right to privacy" as a valid reason for not divulging confidential student information. What about the public's right to protect themselves and their children from known dangers?

They will assure the public that "appropriate measures have been taken". Well, here's a news flash... by "appropriate measures" they mean that their legal department has confirmed that they have, indeed, covered their backsides.

@ Thai Mai Shu... You are absolutely correct! This, as well as many other absurd behaviors are against the law EVERYWHERE except in schools. They get the magical protection of "not our jurisdiction". Schools can legally involve the authorities, but the reality is they just don't.

Assault, theft, endangerment, stalking, harassment... the list goes on! Schools have the "luxury" of addressing only issues that "violate district policy" and "interfere with instruction." Police will not intervene on matters "pertaining to school jurisdiction".

After all, even the little vandals, arsonists and stalkers have the right to a "free and appropriate public education". We certainly can't take that away from them!

Posted: Thursday, October 3, 2013
Article comment by: Public Has the Right to Know What Discipline is Given

Yes, file charges against him just like the charges that were filed against the 2 KAOL students who put eye drop solution in their teacher's lunch. Ohh, what's that no charges were filed. Ohh, and we don't actually know what punishment was given although the girls were known since PUBLICALLY-FINANCED KAOL doesn't have any obligation to explain its discipline program. Oh, I get it - just pay, and shut up.

Posted: Thursday, October 3, 2013
Article comment by: Thai Mai Shu

Last I heard it was a major felony to commit arson of an occupied structure.

So what are there maybe 2000 kids at that school? 2000 counts of endangerment should get his attention.

Posted: Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Article comment by: ss dd

And this is one of the reasons why my son, by the time he reaches High School, will be home schooled and get his diploma online.

Posted: Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Article comment by: Kingman's A Joke

Unfortunately, the Mohave County court system is a joke. In the real world this student would absolutely have consequences for such malicious criminal behavior. Kingman is no real world experience...

Odds are this case won't even make it to court although, it is county so there may be a slightly higher probability than if had been City of Kingman territory.

Either way it's a misdemeanor, "petty" offense that the likes of Judge Taylor will surely disregard as "typical teen behavior". After all, most "typical" teens risk the lives of hundreds of innocent children to satisfy their own personal fantasies, don't they?

Here's a no brainer... just because "all the teens are doing it" doesn't make it OK. It's time the authority in this town stand up to the delinquents... and their "parents"!

Posted: Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Article comment by: KHS '95 Grad

There are many rumors going around regarding the boy who did this. From his age, to him possibly being special needs. If he is at least 18, why wasn't he named in the article? Was he arrested? And why didn't the school send out a mass call to parents about the incident?

Regardless, I'm glad the students were evacuated and no one was injured.

Also, I feel bad for the custodian, Dan, who had to clean up the mess left behind in the boys bathroom.

Posted: Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Article comment by: V Stokes

When they catch him, and they will, don't just kick him out. File charges of arson, arrest him and put him in a cell. Take him to court and see how he feels then. His parents can pay the repair/cleanup costs and the fine and he can do his probation picking up trash all over town.

I'd almost say keep him in school so he can find out how his schoolmates feel about a firebug.

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