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Dec. 8, 2005

UPDATE: Freshman apprehended in connection with arsons, faces charges

by Varun Gulati, Page Editor
A female student was apprehended today in connection with three incidents of arson since yesterday afternoon. The student faces a minimum of 10 days' suspension.

Ninth grade assistant principal James Short affirmed that the student was responsible for the three fires that had been set inside girls' bathrooms at the school. "We believe that we have gotten the person who has committed all the fires," he said.

Pete Piringer, media spokesperson for the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Department, confirmed that the freshman girl caused $2,000 in damage in the girls' bathroom in the 350s hallway and more than $1,000 in damage in the girls' bathroom in the 250s hallway. The plastic toilet paper dispenser was ignited in the bathroom in the 250s hallway, setting off the ceiling water sprinklers.

The girl is being held in the Montgomery County Juvenile Detention Center in Rockville, said Piringer. She faces three counts of first-degree arson, two counts of first-degree malicious burning, one count of second-degree malicious burning, three counts of reckless endangerment and one count of disrupting a school activity.

In accordance with school policy, administrators and staff are not allowed to disclose the student's personal information.

At 12:46 p.m. today, SGA President Barun Aryal announced over the school's public address system that a student was apprehended in connection with the fires. "After an emergency of this nature, it is important that we continue to support each other and remain strong as a community," Aryal said.



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  • Wow on December 8, 2005 at 4:39 PM
    What a stupid person... was she part of MS13?
  • no stupid (View Email) on December 8, 2005 at 5:17 PM
    thats racist
  • psh on December 8, 2005 at 5:50 PM
    What an idiot. Trying to burn the school down. She coulda had better plans than just setting trash cans on fire. Putting all the students at risk was even stupider. She should be given the death penalty!
  • dissapointed on December 8, 2005 at 6:06 PM
    what a stupid person-if she'd made a bigger fire we would have missed school
  • let see a lection of life..... on December 8, 2005 at 6:07 PM
    when someone is trying to burn the school down plz dont do it the next day, just !!!!!!!!!!! 06!!! ho ho ho ho YAY!!!! GO SENIORS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • P on December 8, 2005 at 6:34 PM
    I think is not fear to just give her 10 days of suspension because if she was responsable for all 3 insidents she should have a stronger punishment. People that had done things with little damaged had been kicked out of school i do not see why she should just have 10 days of suspension?
  • attention...... on December 8, 2005 at 6:41 PM
    i think she jus wants attention....that it....but still, she made us FREEZE outside in the cold....but i kinda enjoyed skippin class....yeah, but ur right, we could've missed school 2day....
  • ?? on December 8, 2005 at 7:29 PM
    haha MS13....how is that relevant?
  • what??? on December 8, 2005 at 7:35 PM
    why does everything have to be connected to latinos??for your information wow there are other gangs out there besides MS13
  • hah.. on December 8, 2005 at 7:37 PM
    "In accordance with school policy, administrators and staff are not allowed to disclose the student's personal information. "

    thats crud haha. But it doesnt matter...this is BLAiR...people are probably gonna know who it is by tomorrow.
  • Verdict on December 8, 2005 at 7:39 PM
    EXPEL HER!!! Arson alone is a felony, and thrown in gang related activity and she has no business remaining in the school. Instead of just giving her two weeks off to sit home and watch TV, the administration (or county, or whoever's final call it is) needs to put their foot down and throw this CRIMINAL out!
  • me on December 8, 2005 at 7:52 PM
    three fires? one yesterday and one today makes three?
  • Anonymous on December 8, 2005 at 8:05 PM
    I heard that she left her ID behind and that's how they caught her. Any truth to this? Or are you not allowed to disclose that either?
  • good job (again) on December 8, 2005 at 8:14 PM
    good job SCO, scooping the AP. they probably got their info from you.
  • Eretula on December 8, 2005 at 8:47 PM
    Ummm, "Wow", no offense but what kind of a stupid question is that? Who automatically assumes she was part of a gang?
  • ...... on December 8, 2005 at 9:24 PM
    Very stupid. She could have set the fire on a day that wasn't so cold.
  • yo on December 8, 2005 at 9:27 PM
    that person is tight, shake things up
  • harry balzac on December 8, 2005 at 9:35 PM
    for a school that has a fire department next door, the response time is ridiculously slower than you'd expect

    and also
    how do you silver chips editors print these "inflammatory" (hardy har) comments suggesting better fire setting methods?
    free speech or not it doesnt really add much substance to the story
  • double wow on December 8, 2005 at 9:42 PM
    she could've been more slick about it.. somehow burn fires in the boys bathroom also. so it'll throw the administration off.
  • say what?! on December 8, 2005 at 9:44 PM
    i heard that setting fire to the trash cans was her initiation to MS13? is that just a rumor?
  • what??! on December 8, 2005 at 10:11 PM
    why would u just assume that she was, first of all Hispanic and second of all part of the MS13?..
  • blazer on December 8, 2005 at 10:12 PM
    just a 10 day suspension? ummm i think she should be expelled, especially since she could have caused a lot more damage and actually injured someone. stupid girl.
  • dude on December 8, 2005 at 10:20 PM
    lets try and not pass judgements on the character of this girl. obviously she is troubled and/or has problems that need to be dealt with. howoever, she doesnt need to be called stupid.
  • to dissapointed on December 8, 2005 at 10:43 PM
    Not to be totally rude or anything, but shut up.
    Being dissapointed that more lives weren't endangered just so that you could go home early is sick.
    And if that was intended as a joke, it wasn't funny.
  • dat was so low (View Email) on December 9, 2005 at 4:33 AM
    see that girl needs to be expelled from school cuz next thing you kno she might try to put a bomb in da school and blow the school up..........dat gurl needs serious help she coul of injured many students at the school..........is she part of ms13
  • crazy on December 9, 2005 at 9:43 AM
    is it possible not to pass judgements?
    she set the freaking school on fire 3 TIMES
  • blazers '06 on December 9, 2005 at 12:03 PM
    honestly, i do not want this girl in my presence at blair. after what just happened, i dont feel comfortable knowing that this girl is going to continue going to our school. shes a threat to us all, and although know one was hurt, somebody could have been. and although i do not know this girl, i cannot make any judgements about her, but i can say that shes troubled. and if the rumors are true, that this was an initiation for some gang, then she has even more issues and just from that alone, she should be expelled.
  • ...!!!! on December 9, 2005 at 2:51 PM
    first of all why does everything bad that happens in the school have to blamed on the minorities in this case latinos? Even if she was why does she have to be part of MS13? Yes, MS13 is a serious problem but you should not go around just think that if a spanish person does something bad they are automatically associated with MS13 or any other gang. The girl just has issues so can we assuming that she a latina and that she is part of MS13 unless there is proof that indicates she is a latina and that she is in MS13!!!!!!!!
  • shish kabob on December 9, 2005 at 3:54 PM
    to "dude" what do u mean she shouldnt be called stupid. thats what she is. thats peoples lives she is messin with. think beforeu speak, alright?
  • AnfiFederalist on December 9, 2005 at 4:31 PM
    The last line of the article nearly made me puke, because it's such a corny concluding sentence.
  • .... on December 9, 2005 at 4:53 PM
    just a suspension. i agree that that girl should be suspended and she's lucky no one got hurt! it was a really stupid thing to do, she could have been charged with more than just arson if that happened.
  • just sayin... on December 9, 2005 at 6:10 PM
    someone that knows her said that they think it was her MS initiation task. the person knows a lot of members, so i beleived them. maybe they were wrong.
  • Jeff on December 9, 2005 at 7:01 PM
    Did anybody else know that the only reason Barun is president is because he was the only one that ran. He won by default. Anybody could have ran and probably beat him. That last sentence is really really stupid. I could have said something better than that.
  • you guys on December 9, 2005 at 7:34 PM
    Everyone's freaking out about ms 13 but some people only know 1 gang in the school and that is ms - 13. The only Blair gang I know is MS - 13, and I didn't even know it was a latina gang. So remember that some people who think maybe this hispanic girl is part of ms - 13 just connect any juvie behavior to that gang because that's the only one they know, and they didn't even realize that MS - 13 was only latinas.
  • sarah on December 9, 2005 at 8:58 PM
    why were the graffitists charged 7000 while the arsonist only 3500... makes NOOO sense
  • ALE on December 9, 2005 at 9:03 PM
    10 day suspension! no wonder kids are doin crazy things they dont get punish enouf she should had gotten expelled or something n she needs help fo real! cuz she is crazy
  • UMM HELLO on December 9, 2005 at 11:04 PM
    "In accordance with school policy, administrators and staff are not allowed to disclose the student's personal information. "

    DAWG...i think that as students we have a right to know who tRiEd t0 kiLL US!!!! but yeah i agree with "hah" we'll find out soon enough.
  • * on December 9, 2005 at 11:04 PM
    the whole thing is stupid. i don't care if she's part of a gang or not, it's stupid to set a TRASHCAN on fire! really people. whoever thinks it's fun to freeze outside for an HOUR is stupid, maybe they should stand outside for hours without a coat, and see if it's fun anymore. i don't understand why people do such stupid things, if anything it does not make them look cool. people really need to think before they stoop down to such a low level. THINK PEOPLE, don't act so STUPID!
  • uf on December 9, 2005 at 11:53 PM
    To the people who are saying that 10 day suspension isnt enough: theyre talking about a MINIMUM 10 day suspension. meaning at the very least. meaning its probable that she will get a more severe punishment
  • mooshi pooshi on December 10, 2005 at 12:03 AM
    ALE:

    10 days is only the minimum, she'll most likely be expelled. Plus the formal charges. I smell juvie hall!
  • revelosionista on December 10, 2005 at 8:22 AM
    WE AS STUDENTS AND A STRONG COMMUNITY SHOULD GET TOGETHER AND MAKE THE SCHOOL EXPELD HER FROM SCHOOL AND MAKE PAY WHAT HAVE SHE DONE, SHE NOT ONLY BRUN A BATHROOM BUT ALSO PUT A HIGH RISK OF THE LIVES AND BIENESTAR OF MANY STUDENTS AT BLAIR, SHE HAVE TO PAY FOR HER CRIMES. WE SHOULD GET TOGETHER AND MAKE OUR VOICE HEARD, WE CAN NO TOLORATE THIS KIND OF BEHAVIOR AT BLAIR BECAUSE IT MESSIN AROUND WITH LIVES, STUDENTS LIKE THIS SHOULD BE EXPELD FROM SCHOOL, PAY 7,000 LIKE OF SHE MADE SOME GRAFFITISTS AT SCHHOL. LETS GET TOGETHER MAKE HER PAY FOR HER CRIMES wmas
  • Eric Hysen (View Email) on December 10, 2005 at 10:46 AM
    To: "jeff"

    If you think you could do a better job than Barun, why didn't you run in the first place? The reason he is President is not because “he was the only one that ran,” Barun is President because he is a strong leader and hard worker. Barun is extremely qualified for his position, and we've made great steps forward as an organization under his leadership.

    I helped Barun write his comments for the end of the day Thursday and personally feel they were very well received, especially considering the limited timeframe we had to write them. And once again, if you “could have said something better than that” then why didn’t you run for office or volunteer to help out?

    If you’d like to just sit there and criticize us anonymously online that’s your prerogative; but if you want to actually do something and make a difference, come talk to us in the SGA Office.

    Eric Hysen
    SGA Chief of Staff
  • jo2 on December 10, 2005 at 10:56 AM
    who was the girl wat grade was she in
  • Alex Gold (View Email) on December 10, 2005 at 11:15 AM
    I think people need to stop taking such a knee jerk reaction and think more seriously about what the girl did. There's obviously something seriously wrong with this girl, whether it's membership in a gang or something internal and psychological that's crying out for help. Instead of assessing punitive measures like expelling her or making her pay a large sum of money which she may or may not have as a minor, why not instead lobby the school/whoever's jurisdiction she's under to try to do a psychological evaluation of her, try and figure out why she did this and try to curb the behavior. That certainly seems a lot more purposeful for her and for society at large than just slapping her with a fine and sending her to a juvenile detention center.
  • 05 graduate (View Email) on December 10, 2005 at 1:48 PM
    as far as her leaving her ID behind being the reason she was caught was wrong, she was caught because the cameras in the hallways actually work u guys and catching someone being the last going inside the bathroom then coming out and in the meantime a fire is set, kinda threw it away.
  • curious on December 10, 2005 at 5:46 PM
    i really want to find out who she is and whether she really is part of a gang...
  • dasylva on December 10, 2005 at 6:01 PM
    We don't know her motivation for this, but she must have had a lot of problems to do something this extreme. It is immature to demean someone when you know very little about the situation, or the person. She must have been very sick to do what she has done, but she is still a person just like you or me. While I strongly disapprove of what she has done, I hope she gets treated in a rehab center instead of brutally punished indefinatley.

    p.s.: capslock doesn't make your point come across any better.
  • fenix5 on December 10, 2005 at 6:27 PM
    firsteval this girl has not only set fire trhee times but she has also put our lives on danger threee times. I think that suspension is just a gift for her. Is just a way of saying "OH, CONGRATULATIONS FOR THE FIRES, WHY DON'T YOU DO SOMETHING BIGGER NEXT TIME AND YOU WON'T HAVE TO GO TO SCHOOL FOR A MONTH". People suspension is not bad for a person who does this kind of thing. It's a reward.
  • Hmm on December 10, 2005 at 7:54 PM
    Being President isn't easy..go give Barun a break. Not like anyone else had the guts to run for president. Nuff said
  • Grace Marston (View Email) on December 10, 2005 at 9:11 PM
    She better get more than 10 days suspension. At Eastern last year this guy (who was pretty cool actually) set fire to a stairwell ONCE and was in juvi for a long time and then had like three months of therapy camp (ew not fun) and now is attending some private school. This girl started two fires, so she needs a punishment worse than that.

    Well really I just say that so that it would be fair to the Eastern guy, but I feel that his punishment was rather extreme in the first place.
  • drew2 on December 10, 2005 at 11:26 PM
    man that block head...........she mad me stand in da cold
  • . on December 11, 2005 at 10:42 AM
    three fires, guys, three fires. two on the third floor, one on the second floor.
  • To 05 graduate on December 11, 2005 at 11:04 AM
    There was a fire the first day, they announced that they were narrowing it down but didn't have who it was yet. There's another fire and within an hour they know who it is? (and the people who would be looking at the cameras were outside with the rest of us, so that hour couldn't even be used to examine the cameras). Especially if you already graduated, you don't know how they caught her.
  • Anonymous on December 11, 2005 at 11:06 AM
    "lets try and not pass judgements on the character of this girl. obviously she is troubled and/or has problems that need to be dealt with. howoever, she doesnt need to be called stupid."

    She set a freakin' fire. I'm sorry, but most peoples' reactions when their lives are endangered like that (however minor) are not "hmm, what's wrong with this girl?". Anyone who sets a fire is stupid, end of story. It is a stupid thing to do, and regardless of motives, whether she was "troubled" or just part of a gang, that's just the reason. Her actions were stupid. She is stupid for setting the fires.
  • Anonymous on December 11, 2005 at 1:50 PM
    She started THREE fires. The first one put itself out the first day, so she set another one, which DID set the alarm off at around 2:00. The second one was in the morning Thursday.

    Also, ten days suspension (and request for expulsion) is the MINIMUM punishment. That means that no matter what she will be gone for 2 weeks, and most likely she will get WAY more because she set three fires, all intentionally, of course we don't know why she did it.
  • R1 on December 11, 2005 at 3:24 PM
    man dat girl is just plain stupid and she does have problems and needs to seek help ASAP. yeah the dummy should be expelled. she could come back to school doing worst thngs if they just suspend her.
  • 06 on December 11, 2005 at 4:24 PM
    alex gold, although your make some good points in your comment, i think you should shut up, because this girl has no psychological problems, and if theres anything seriously wrong with her, its her stupidity. so all i have to say is expell and, smack her with an enormous fine, and send her to juvi. theres somrthing thhat would actually work. forget a psychiatrist.
  • Big Fridge on December 11, 2005 at 5:04 PM
    ya think by now someone would come up with something more creative than the typical trashcan fire. and something more creative than "remaining strong aa a community" what crap.
  • maile on December 11, 2005 at 8:22 PM
    hmmm... it's a little odd that some think that ickle fires in a trashcan, one of which burned out, could have put our lives in danger. probably more students could have died from being out in the cold for so long and catching pnemonia . and it wasn't even that bad, you pansies.
  • bob on December 11, 2005 at 9:27 PM
    i hope she gets severely punished cuz i got sick from standing outside in the 25 degree weather without a jacket.
  • joe on December 12, 2005 at 8:03 AM
    um, i heard that they weren't trashcan fires. i was told they were actually fires started on the toilet paper stuffed into the plastic dispensers at the last bathroom stall. at least, on the third floor fire. the plastic getting burned caused the bathrooms to get coated in a black substance. so, it really was a little more creative than your "typical trashcan fire."
  • latinomaldito on December 12, 2005 at 9:28 AM
    was she in a gang for sure?
    if u aint sure dont try 2 put more heat on
  • XAQ on December 12, 2005 at 9:57 AM
    How many of you were honestly SCARED when that alarm went off. I know I wasn't. Like everyone, I was like, "Awww man, this is dumb, trudge outside to the cold..." not "HOLY COW I WILL BE CONSUMED BY FLAMES! TO THE BLEACHERS!" So stop making judgments like this is someone who held a gun to your face. Nobody learns anything from getting a fine, this person needs someone to talk to. They don't need anonymous punishment that is rally just a way to get her out of the school. she needs actual real help. So everyone stop freaking out and talking about the "gut reaction" which you didn't actually have, and think.
  • Vladimir on December 12, 2005 at 10:12 AM
    maybe she has emotional problems?
  • Yea Boy on December 12, 2005 at 10:15 AM
    She needs to go to jail FOREVA thats what i say first they were stabbing now there setting fires
  • yeah on December 12, 2005 at 11:58 AM
    actually a student found the second fire and informed the teacher.

  • 08tt on December 12, 2005 at 12:48 PM
    what will happen when she gets back home? is she coming back to blair?
    if she comes back people are threatening to beat her up
  • DipSet (View Email) on December 12, 2005 at 12:51 PM
    She should get whatever punishment is fit for the crime!
  • compie25 on December 12, 2005 at 1:09 PM
    $1,000 worth of damage in the bathroom alone..? hah.
  • Blazer #3401 on December 12, 2005 at 2:30 PM
    why only 1 count of disrupting a school activity?
  • 4-30 on December 12, 2005 at 2:47 PM
    I dunno, call me crazy, but I think all of the charges they placed are a little too numerous, and a little too extreme... just like other people have said, it's not as if she was trying to hurt anyone - it's just a bathroom. Seems like a cry for help more than anything else... I hope she gets some help, and a fairly light punishment at most.
  • guess who (View Email) on December 12, 2005 at 3:18 PM
    I totally agree w/grace...GO JACK!
  • Jaime Ramirez (View Email) on December 12, 2005 at 3:34 PM
    Ok i dnt go to blair anymore cause i moved to frederick like 2 months ago but i heard of this on da news and i thought dat it was crazy but once i read this article i think that the charges arent fare cause i used to go eastern middle and there was this boy who set the stairway on fire and he was sent to like juvi for a good minute and i heard that he had to go to some camp for like therapy or wat eva but i think they are going easy on the girl cause he only set the stair way on fire once he had to go through all this stuff cause of that and she should be geting charged with worse charges cause she did it twice....so yea go blazers i miss all ya.Holla.
  • to XAQ on December 12, 2005 at 7:38 PM
    Did you see the fire or even the smoke or even SMELLED the smoke? If not, then you actually had no reason to be scared. But if you did and you weren't, well then you are a strange case because most people were.
  • to XAQ on December 12, 2005 at 8:37 PM
    XAQ, you're a beast. I really couldn't have put it any better. Though when the nine kids came running and screaming down the hallway completely engulfed I was a little nervous.

    oh wait. That's right, that DIDNT HAPPEN. My mistake. $1,000? Are you kidding. $2,000 dollars in the other bathroom? Sounds a little fishy...I havent sensed that Blair is trying to cheat money out of people since...well, yesterday when I had to pay $5 for an ID. It was almost cute when my math teacher told me the reasons for ID prices is to recoup the money spent on the ID machine. Well let's see, if the machine cost 1,000, or even 2,000 by my calculations Blair should have recouped the costs...circa 9,000,000.47 years ago. But back to the fires. If you ask me, $3,000 worth of damage makes me think of a fiery blazing inferno the likes of which we haven't seen since Hades. I'm sure some administrator went in there with a blowtorch while we were all out in the bleaches in the freezing cold and wen't to work on that bathroom. That girl doesn't need a stay in "Juvenile Detention" and a slap in the face with a fine, she needs some friends.
  • Anonymous on December 12, 2005 at 10:23 PM
    I COMPLETELY AGREe

    sarah :: 12/9/2005, 8:58 PM
    why were the graffitists charged 7000 while the arsonist only 3500... makes NOOO sense
  • Big Fridge on December 13, 2005 at 9:04 AM
    good a little creativity
  • dude (View Email) on December 13, 2005 at 9:15 AM
    u guys need to stop actin like u actually cared about missing class, talkin bout beatin her up, whocares it got me out of class and it didnt hurt anybody, pz kids
  • nippy on December 13, 2005 at 9:39 AM
    i got sick but i'm not mad, i hope she gets the phychological help that she needed.

    *To Jeff, shut up, if you think you could have done better, why didn't you run fo the president. don't just say it, act upon it!
  • i dont understand on December 13, 2005 at 10:37 AM
    why does she only have to pay 3000$ and the graffittists have to pay 7000$ what the heck is that. what ever
  • Mr. da Pantz (View Email) on December 13, 2005 at 10:57 AM
    Who are you to pass judgement? How about from now on, only people who have committed arson comment on her "psychological state" or "deserved punishment". You are children, with little to no understanding of other people. Why don't you go study, instead of throwing random claims to satisfy your attention hungry needs.
  • sw33ma_08 (View Email) on December 13, 2005 at 2:07 PM
    All of you who are writeing that the girl is latina and that dosn't make her MS13. well i'm latina and i'm proud and I'm not MS13 so just cause she is latina don't mean she is MS13 when that girl get back all the girl are going tho jump her only stupid people will set there own bathroom on fire.

    CLASS OF 2008 RUNS THIS SCHOOL!
    2008 2008 2008
  • Crazygigglez on December 13, 2005 at 2:08 PM
    I think is dumb that they say all spanish people are MS beacuse its not true some people need think before they say stupid stuff like that. Because some of my friends are spanish and dere not in MS. Who ever said dat dere really retarted
  • biily bob thorton (View Email) on December 13, 2005 at 2:08 PM
    why all of a sudden hispanics have to be ms13 not all hispanics are ms13 some of us hispanics hate ms13 think b4 u talk
  • gabe on December 13, 2005 at 4:05 PM
    i dont get it, the graffitti artists were charged like 7000 dollars for tagging and this girl gets only 3 for setting fires. just another way of saying girls get special treatment
  • gurly (View Email) on December 13, 2005 at 6:47 PM
    I STOOD OUT THERE SO LONG BECAUSE OF HER. My freinds and i were freezing.i was really scared but why would she do that she knows shes gonna get in trouble!?
  • lalalal (View Email) on December 13, 2005 at 7:02 PM
    haha thats wat she gets for making me stand outside in the frezzing cold for two days
  • agrees with 4-30 on December 13, 2005 at 9:25 PM
    Setting fires to schools multiple times could mean you have a real problem. Although, this girl could just be in a gang. But either way, shes got a problem. That guy, I dont know if you heard what he did at eastern, but brought gasoline to school, which is illegal in the first place. He deserved to go to juvi. Not only could someone have died from the fire, but they could have slipped on the gas and fallen. No one had a chance of getting hurt from the bathroom fires because they were relatively small and caught very quickly by staff and students.

    And its immature for people to say that just because you didn't see smoke, you couldn't be scared. There was an alarm that rang, which resulted in the evacuation of the entire school. With the sight of fire fighters and rushed teachers, and a locked stadium, it was obvious it wasn't a drill. So if they want to be compassionate and feel concerned, they how how callous and ruthless do you have to be to say you couldn't be scared. Besides, some people actually care about their education.
  • MT on December 13, 2005 at 9:54 PM
    I don't know about you guys but i was having fun on the small patch of ice in front of the bleachers.
    This also reminds me of the time someone set a fire in the stairwell of Eastern, that was quite a day.
  • Alex Beede on December 14, 2005 at 8:26 AM
    i was really scard during the fir drill
  • Alex Gold (View Email) on December 14, 2005 at 4:36 PM
    I have to agree with Xaq. In a school like Blair, the actual risk of the school burning down is close to nill unless someone started a fire across half the school. The chances of that fire in the bathroom spreading were negligible, and there was very little actual danger to students. The actual damage wasn't really that significant, $3,500 of damage (if you didn't know, the school has an operating budget of 26 MILLION dollars) so even if the school were paying, which it isn't, this isn't a significant crime in any way whatsoever.
  • ... (View Email) on December 14, 2005 at 11:51 PM
    I still dont get how they could prove it was her. And if someone says cameras Ill shot them, cameras don't prove anything. Sure they might prove she was there at some time before the fires, but the arsonist could have used a fuse to delay the fire (amoung other things, cigarets supposedly make good fuses). This whole thing confuses me, unless she left her id there or something stupid like that.... Oh and someone said why do we always say it was the minorities, hallo the minorities are the majorities at Blair...and yes why do all you people think that hispanics are all in MS13, I know alot of very nice latinos that would never do anything gang related (or at least no stupid things gang related).
  • a lil info on December 15, 2005 at 12:44 PM
    a spanish person told me she might be in ms
  • Dman on December 15, 2005 at 1:39 PM
    I dont know why everyones freaking out and saying the fire was life threatining it was just a trashcan fire. that fire could not have gone out of the trashcan so stop saying your lives were very endangered when they really weren't so be quiet
  • Lorin on December 18, 2005 at 9:55 PM
    No one said the fire was life threatining. People said that they were scared.
  • eliot on December 19, 2005 at 5:39 PM
    if your best friend set the fire, would u want him/her to get a fine and be shipped to juvi? be a real person, consider the fact that this girl has a life. and you all need to stop going about your personal feelings being affected, cause its bullcrap.
  • eliot on December 22, 2005 at 8:48 PM
    and you all need to stop talking about "that eastern guy". because he has a life too, one that none of you know anything about.
  • luis (View Email) on December 23, 2005 at 7:46 AM
    all the gang need to be kick out
  • JustPlainuncool (View Email) on December 30, 2005 at 7:22 PM
    Joeber1213: She did leave her ID behind. That was how they identified her.
    =JPU
  • You folks got problems. on January 2, 2006 at 10:30 PM
    Okay, there have been so many times at blair where there are trashcan fires or some other sort of fire in the bathroom that it isn't funny.

    If you were scared for your life when you smelled smoke then you probably haven't been at blair that long, because there have been plenty of times when someone sets a fire at blair and fills a hallway with smoke (more than you may think too. I've been in two fires so far that I know about where they tried to pass them off as drills). This isn't even the first tripple arson we've had.

    What amazes me about this is all the "Lock 'er up and throw away the keys!" responses.Nobody ever got hurt so what'd she do to you? Sane people don't do tripple arsons. There is OBVIOUSLY something wrong with her. We should punish her, but above all, we should try to help find out what's wrong and focus on that, not hang her up to dry like we're living in Texas or something.
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