School fire lands four teens in jail

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

A fire at a Floyd County High School lands four teenagers in a juvenile detention center.

Police say the four girls allegedly set a fire in a Prestonsburg High School bathroom setting off the sprinkler system during school.

Now all four students are charged with arson.

Burn marks on the ceiling surround the sprinkler in the downstairs girl’s bathroom at Prestonsburg High School.

“It was intentionally done,” Detective Steve Little said.

Police say Monday morning, four girls were mad at school officials.

“They were upset about some suspensions due to a fight. It might be some protest towards administrators at the school,” Detective Little said.

Police say the four girls, age 15 and 16, allegedly hung toilet paper from the sprinkler head, sprayed it with hairspray, and lit it on fire.

“It was very dangerous what they were doing,” Detective Little said.

No one was injured. The sprinkler quickly put out the flames, but officials say the water flooded the bathroom, hallway, and nearby classrooms. The school was evacuated for nearly four hours while firefighters responded and crews cleaned up the water.

School officials say luckily, there is no property damage.

Students cannot get back the lost class time during the evacuation.

“Not only did it put people in harm's way, but it disrupted the entire educational process,” Superintendent Henry Webb said.

Police charged the four girls with arson and criminal mischief and took them to the Juvenile Detention Center in Breathitt County.

“Our number one priority is keeping students safe and our employees safe, and we have to treat incidents such as this with the utmost seriousness and we will not tolerate it in our school system,” Superintendent Webb said.

School officials system will also take disciplinary action against the students, who could be expelled.

Officials say the students will have a hearing in juvenile court later this week.

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