A Bowie High School student has been arrested and charged for a setting a fire inside the school. On Monday, March 7, 2011, firefighters dealt with a fire in a second floor bathroom at Bowie High School on Annapolis Road. Students were evacuated as crews ensured the fire was out, checked for possible extension and ventilated the smoke that had filled the hallway.
Fire Investigators were called to the scene and determined the fire was a case of arson. Working with school security officials; fire investigators quickly identified a suspect and arrested him.
According to fire investigators the respondent was charged with the following:
Arson 1st Degree, a Felony, which carries a maximum penalty of $50,000.00/30 Years in jail, if convicted; Arson 2nd Degree, a Felony ($30,000.00/20 Yrs) and Reckless Endangerment,a Misdemeanor, ($5000.00/5Yrs).
The 15 year-old-male was processed and was to be released to the custody of his parents yesterday.
The fire caused an estimated $500 in loss.
The crime of arson is taken very seriously and our Office of the Fire Marshal will investigate each occurrence and arrest whoever is responsible.
The identity of the individual is not being released because he is minor.