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Mar 12, 2013 8:02 PM by Connie Murphy

Juvenile accused of starting a school fire

A juvenile suspect is now being accused of arson in connection to a school fire at Evans International Elementary.

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office says a juvenile male lit a toilet paper roll inside of a toilet dispenser on fire in the school's bathroom.

Officials say the suspect is under the minimum age in which someone can be charged with a crime in Colorado.

No criminal charges will be filed in the case but officials say that had the suspect age been different, and charges were pursued, he would face an arson charge which is a felony.
For now, D-49 officials have decided to cancel classes for students at Evans for Wednesday, March 13th.

School officials are working Tuesday evening to come up with a plan for the rest of the week.
The fire affected eight classrooms used by 150 - 180 students; those areas won't be reopened until health risks have been removed.

This week Colorado students are involved in Transitional Colorado Assessment Program testing, also known as T-CAP.

According to a press release, D-49 official's state, "There's one fifth grade science and two third grade math sessions remaining, as well as several makeup tests. All students will be given an opportunity to complete the testing."

For updates, check D-49's website; to get there, click here.


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