A 16-year-old female student is facing arson charges for allegedly setting a plastic toilet paper dispenser on fire in the girl's bathroom at Center Point High School, officials say.
The fire started just after 2 p.m. Tuesday and was contained to the bathroom. Students evacuated the school within two minutes around 2:20 p.m., principal Van Phillips said. Center Point firefighters responded to the school and put out the flames. Students were allowed back inside at 3 p.m.
The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office investigated the incident and reviewed surveillance video from the school. The video shows the suspect in the case leaving the restroom just before smoke started to come out.
"No one else entered or exited the restroom," Chief Deputy Randy Christian stated in a release.
Officials have not yet released the teenage suspect's name, but say she will be charged with first degree arson as an adult.
The Board of Education will conduct an evaluation to determine the extent of damage to the school. The preliminary report shows that some parts of the school had smoke damage.
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