Valdosta Daily Times

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September 21, 2013

Student arrested for arson

VALDOSTA — A Valdosta High School student has been charged with arson following the investigation of a Thursday incident at the school.

According to a report released on Friday, the Valdosta Police Department and the Valdosta Fire Department responded in reference to a fire at Valdosta High School at 3101 North Forrest Street at approximately 10:02 a.m. Thursday morning.

The fire was discovered in one of the restrooms and extinguished by school personnel.

No one was reported as injured.

A joint investigation between the police and fire departments resulted in the arrest of Tavis Williams, 17, a student at the school.

Williams was charged with arson and disruption of a public school and transported to the Lowndes County Jail.

Fire damage to the school was limited to the single bathroom stall and estimated at $400, according to the Valdosta police.

On Thursday, The Valdosta Daily Times contacted Valdosta Schools Director of Public Relations, Jennifer Steedley, after fire trucks were seen at the school.

Steedley said that a student had pulled the fire alarm and fire rescue only responded to the scene due to protocol.

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