Monticello teen accused of setting school fire

Monticello teen accused of setting school fire

MONTICELLO — A 16-year old Monticello High School student has been arrested in connection with a fire that occurred last week at Monticello's Washington Elementary School.

In a press release, Monticello Police Chief Michael Galloway said he expected the high school boy to be charged with aggravated arson.

Fire officials said the 12:30 p.m. fire last Thursday began in a toilet paper dispenser and spread to a light fixture and ceiling, causing some damage to the restroom as well as smoke damage to a room across the hallway. There were no injuries.

Students were evacuated from the school after a fire alarm sounded. The 350 Washington Elementary students were back in their classrooms an hour later, but high schoolers who use the south wing did not return to those six rooms until the next day.

Police say the youth had been released to the custody of his parents pending a court appearance.

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wayward wrote on February 04, 2013 at 5:02 pm

Not familiar with the Monticello School District, but why was a high school student in an elementary school to begin with?  Seems like districts usually like to separate different levels.

GeneralLeePeeved wrote on February 05, 2013 at 8:02 am

The high school and the elementary school are connected.  The restroom in question is located in a hallway on the far side of the elementary school that contains a handful of classrooms used by the high school students.