Student arrested for lighting firework in school

info@islandpacket.comJanuary 24, 2013 

A 19-year-old Whale Branch High School student was arrested Tuesday after fireworks were set off in a school hallway.

Assistant principal Chad Cox told student resource officer Cpl. D. Allen that he was in the cafeteria during lunch when he heard a loud boom and saw a flash of light in a nearby hallway. The hallway then filled with smoke, and Allen and Cox found the remains of a cylinder-shaped firework.

Three students were questioned, and the 19-year-old admitted she lit the fuse after another student gave it to her, according to a report released Thursday by the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office. The suspect said the incident was planned among members of a gang she is in. She said she "was challenged to do it." The student told Allen "she would be punished" if she did not light it.

The floor, walls and ceiling tiles had about $300 in damages, according to the report.

The student was released Wednesday from the Beaufort County Detention Center on her own recognizance.

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