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VHS fire blamed on student


Valdosta Police say Thursday morning 17-year-old Tavis Williams lit a stack of toilet paper on fire inside a bathroom at Valdosta High school.

"The school resources officer heard somebody screaming and ran down the hall and saw smoke coming from the bathroom," said Lt. Aaron Kirk, Valdosta Police.

And with a buckets of water and a fire extinguisher, two teachers put the fire out before firefighters arrived.

"We had a coach that went in, took care of the problem, and we had another teacher that came in with a fire extinguisher and made sure that everything was under control. And everyone else was making sure our students were safe and accounted for," said Valdosta City Schools spokeswoman, Jennifer Steedley.

Police say surveillance footage showed Williams was responsible. "He did admit to doing it, but he did not give a reason why," said Lt. Kirk.

Students were evacuated because of the fire and smoke, with many of them dressed as cartoon characters as part of Homecoming Week.

"Unfortunately as the old cliche, one bad apple can spoil the whole bunch, and I think yesterday that's just a little bit of what happened," said Steedley.

The fire caused $400 worth of damage.

Williams is charged with arson and disruption to a public school.

According to Valdosta City School's code of conduct, arson results in suspension and recommendation for a tribunal hearing.

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With information from the Valdosta Police Department-

Shortly after 10:00AM Thursday, the Valdosta Fire Department responded to Valdosta High School after a fire was reported.

School staff had put out the fire in a bathroom stall when they arrived, and there were no injuries.  

Valdosta Police officers arrested 17 year old student Tavis Williams, who was charged with Arson and Disruption of a Public School, and taken to the Lowndes County jail.

According to the report, the damage was isolated to a single bathroom stall and was estimated at $400.00.


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