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No way to avoid exams: Student sets fire at Sanderson High

Posted January 8, 2015

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— A student who hoped to get out of End of Course exams started a small fire during first period at Sanderson High School in Raleigh, a spokeswoman said. 

Lisa Luten, speaking for the Wake County Public School System, said classes were disrupted for about an hour while students were moved from the first floor, where there was smoke, to portable classrooms and the gymnasium.

Luten said students were briefly outdoors, but they did not have to stay outside for the duration of the evacuation.

Students finished their first period after the smoke was cleared, but exams scheduled for third period were postponed until next Friday, Luten said.

Students were back in class by noon.

She did not identify the student behind the incident or say whether that student would face school or criminal punishment.

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  • Carl Keehn Jan 9, 2015
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    No, in the mid to late 60's we used bomb scares. I spent more time standing outside of my high school than I would have liked to.

  • heard-it-all-before Jan 8, 2015

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    yes totally sheltered. they kept me in a cage as i skipped school, partied, set schools on fire, etc.

    single incident out of 300 million people... epidemic. you should ask obama to ban my strict parents and all the "beatings" they gave me (that i earned). traumatized me so much i couldn't go to work today. it was too cold outside. back in the day they used to cancel school because it was chilly outside. we had people like you running the government. those were the days...

    i'm done. just face the wall and continue debating with yourself.

  • Mike Berthold Jan 8, 2015
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    So you've never heard of a single person who lashed out because their parents were too strict and imposed too many rules, beat them, or used other types of punishments? Guessing you never heard of kids in college that do crazy things once they get out of their parents house (obviously they were able to do what they wanted at home and only made into college by luck). Such a sheltered life you must have lived.

  • Edward Levy Jan 8, 2015
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    Has the perp been identified as a "HE" Criminal charges should proceed as an arsonist This is not a misdemeanor. If the fire got out of control, HE/She would now face MURDER charges. And I am interested in the motive for the fire. My grandchild was in danger

  • heard-it-all-before Jan 8, 2015

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    i was well-disciplined and hated studying, dreaded exams, skipped school, smoked, drank, snuck out, typical teen. successful career now, i survived. starting a fire in school never remotely crossed my mind. why? b/c i was well-disciplined. aka dad's leather belt. i cringe even now to think how that would have gone over.. "dad, i set my school on fire because i didn't want to take exams". LOL!! my skinny little discipline bar would have been raised to an all new astronomical level.

    even well-disciplined kids set their schools on fire... yeah, sure... happens all the time...

  • Mike Berthold Jan 8, 2015
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    Ok. Here we go. Total violet crimes in 1975 - 1,039,710. Total in 2013 - 1,163,146. Population in 1975 - 213,124,000, Population in 2013 - 316,128,839. So with a population increase of 50%, crime only went up 4%. Hmmm. That doesn't add up to what some people claim? Maybe that is what they meant by "fewer" and "less". They had FEWER facts and were LESS correct in their assumptions since they relied on their memories and biases for making their claims.

  • Mike Berthold Jan 8, 2015
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    Cite your source. Crime is at all time lows. Were those that committed the crimes of yesteryear not reared by their parents? Did they just suddenly appear as adult criminals? Really hard to refute your claim since you used that reliable method of compiling data, selective memory.

  • Mike Berthold Jan 8, 2015
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    Gotta love their memory based facts. Doesn't matter that is completely the opposite of actual statistical information.

  • fanoflogic Jan 8, 2015

    Maybe the kid should try staying home sick from school next time...

  • jackaroe123 Jan 8, 2015

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    WHY HASN'T BARRY COMMENTED ON THIS? WHERE'S REVEREND BAR-BOAR?

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