Palm Coast, FL – Update: A first-grade student at Rymfire Elementary School lit a paper towel dispenser on fire at the school, and he was given a civil citation for criminal mischief, according to Flagler County Sheriff’s Office.
FCSO says the student lit the paper towel dispenser on fire in an attempt to change the color of his mood ring. Smoke from the fire triggered the sprinkler system, which caused a flood at the north end of the school.
The student was released to his mother, and he could face suspension of up to five days. “I would like to thank the deputies who responded quickly to the elementary school and assisted the school and fire department,” Flagler Sheriff Rick Staly says. “This underscores why it is so important to have a deputy in every school and fortunately next year every elementary school will have one. It also emphasizes the need for parents to be parents and teach their children right from wrong. Thankfully no one was injured.”
Students at Rymfire Elementary School in Palm Coast had to be evacuated on Friday after a student set fire to a paper towel dispenser in one of the bathrooms.
According to Flagler County Schools, the fire occurred at around 12:30 p.m. Friday, and the fire alarm was activated. The fire was in the bathroom at Building 2, and the sprinkler system kept the fire contained in the bathroom.
Students were evacuated and moved to buildings on the other side of the campus that were determined to be safe, as well as rooms in the gym. Students in the kindergarten and first-grade classrooms were moved to alternate rooms to continue with classes.
Palm Coast Fire Department, as well as the custodial staff, are still in the process of cleaning up the areas affected by water damage from the sprinklers, and students began returning to their classrooms Friday afternoon. All after-school activities are still scheduled.
Flagler School officials say classrooms affected by the water damage should be cleaned up and ready for students on Monday. No one was injured.
Photos courtesy Flagler County Sheriff’s Office.
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