A 16-year-old Southwest High School student who used a lighter to burn paper and set off a fire alarm and sprinkler system in a school restroom has pleaded guilty in Bibb County juvenile court to felony first-degree arson.
The boy, a sophomore at the time, also pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of disrupting a public school and interference with government property, said Bibb County assistant district attorney Mike Smith.
The 16-year-old was sentenced June 4 to two years of probation and 14 days in the regional youth detention center as time served.
Smith said the boy, who had no prior record, also received 250 hours of community service and is being required to repay Southwest for any damages from the incident.
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On May 18, the boy walked into a first-floor boys restroom and told another student “I’m about to do something stupid” and then entered a stall and used a lighter to set off the sprinkler alarm, Smith said of court records in the case. Students had to evacuate the building for nearly an hour.
Some bathroom stall doors were charred, and the school had some water damage, Smith said.