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10-year-old charged with arson after allegedly setting fire to toilet paper dispenser at elementary school

Maude Moore Elementary School
Posted at 12:22 PM, Apr 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-22 17:29:25-04

KILLEEN, TX — A 10-year-old has been charged with arson after allegedly setting fire to a toilet paper dispenser at Maude Moore Wood Elementary.

Around 9:40 a.m. on Thursday, April 22, smoke alarms sounded on the second floor of Maude Moore Wood Elementary School.

Officials immediately evacuated the campus, and the fire department arrived to assess the situation. A small fire was located in an upstairs bathroom and was quickly put out.

The Killeen ISD Police and fire department began investigating and determined the fire was intentionally set.

The district says a 10-year-old student later confessed to bringing matches to school and setting the toilet paper dispenser on fire.

Killeen ISD says the student will be charged with arson and disciplined in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. That discipline can include Alternative Education Placement.

The district is also seeking restitution for the damages to the campus.

Due to the heavy smell of smoke, the district moved students, teachers and faculty to the new Killeen Elementary school for the remainder of the day. Twenty buses were used to relocate students and staff so that Maude Moore Wood Elementary could be aired out and properly cleaned.

Maude Moore Wood Elementary will be open Friday, April 23 to students for Remote Learning Day.