RCSD middle school student charged with setting fire to vice principal’s property

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — On Monday, February 28, RFD responded to the Frederick Douglass Middle School for a fire alarm being pulled, when the actual fire was started

Firefighters were able to determine that a 14-year-old male student had set fire to the vice principal’s personal property with a lighter while walking back into the school from the fire alarm evacuation.

Nearby witnesses saw the fire and were able to put it out. No one was injured. The vice-principal did not know about the fire until others noticed it.

Investigators say the suspect was interviewed and admitted to the act. He has been charged with first and second degree attempted assault and first degree reckless endangerment.

The student was given an appearance ticket for the crime and was released to an adult guardian while probation makes a decision on whether or not the charges should be pushed up to family court.

***Editor’s Note: Clarifies no one was actually injured***