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Student charged with setting fire at Johnston High

Posted November 9, 2011

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— A 17-year-old student is accused of starting a fire at North Johnston High School.

Authorities said that Destany Diona Edwards, of Selma, started the fire in a bathroom at the high school in Kenly around 9:45 a.m. Monday.

The school building was briefly evacuated while firefighters put out the blaze. It caused about $4,000 in damage.

Edwards was placed in the Johnston County jail under a $100,000 secured bond.

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  • fayncmike Nov 11, 2011

    "I agree that both she AND her parents should be held responsible and obligated to repay every penny spent from fire dept. coming, to fixing the damage. Maybe next time she, or someone else thinking of doing something similar, will THINK and decide not to do it. She obviously has NO respect for the property of others.
    scubagirl"

    Off with all their heads!

  • cantstandya Nov 9, 2011

    Love my boys." Thats the problem,whoever was responsible for taking the paddle out of the parents and teachers hand apparently was childless,it was the best deterent for controlling those who needed it.

  • Scubagirl Nov 9, 2011

    I agree that both she AND her parents should be held responsible and obligated to repay every penny spent from fire dept. coming, to fixing the damage. Maybe next time she, or someone else thinking of doing something similar, will THINK and decide not to do it. She obviously has NO respect for the property of others.

  • North Johnston Resident Nov 9, 2011

    All of this because she was "mad" at a teacher. Well, I guess she will now figure out a way to vent her frustrations elsewhere. My wife teaches there and she said everyone got a kick out of her being led away in handcuffs. While we know kids today have it made compared to when we were the same age, it still doesn't justify what she did, nor should her parent(s) be off the hook either. At 17, a child does know the repercussions of doing something stupid. R u crazy too is dead wrong...make them pay not only for repairs, but the response of three fire departments as well.

  • r u crazy too Nov 9, 2011

    She's 17, charge her, let her pay. She's old enough to take responsibility. There's no need to penalize the family for the actions of somebody that age.

  • onyourheels2 Nov 9, 2011

    i guess she was destined to do it.

  • carrboroyouth Nov 9, 2011

    Haha there's always one, every year, who REALLY doesn't want to take the test.

  • Caring Nov 9, 2011

    Not so funny now is it!!!

  • Tug Boat II Nov 9, 2011

    Glad to hear the fire was extinguished prior to the whole school burning down!
    Not a good way to gain attention either.