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Teen set fire to trash can at Lancaster County school, sheriff’s office says

LINCOLN, Neb. (Nebraska) — A 13-year-old boy was cited Monday after setting fire to a trash can at Raymond Central High School, the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputy Chief Ben Houchin said a teacher was walking down a corridor at around 9:30 when she smelled smoke coming from the boy’s bathroom.

The bathroom trash can had been set on fire, according to Houchin. The teacher then grabbed the trash can and carried it out of the school.

Houchin said the school principal grabbed the garbage can and carried it even further away from the school.

By the time deputies arrived, the garbage can fire had died down, according to Houchin.

During the investigation, deputies reviewed security video and saw a 13-year-old student exit a science classroom, enter the bathroom and leave seconds later.

About a minute after the student finished, Houchin says the teacher noticed the fire.

The 13-year-old was then reported and released to his parents on suspicion of first-degree arson.

Houchin said the teenager used a lighter to start a fire in the trash can and nothing else was damaged in the bathroom.

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