Valdosta Daily Times

May 17, 2013

Lowndes Middle student charged in school fire

The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — An 11-year-old has been charged with arson after reportedly starting a fire in a Lowndes Middle School restroom on a dare earlier this week, according to the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office Thursday.

At approximately 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, sheriff’s deputies and Lowndes County Fire Rescue firefighters responded to Lowndes Middle School, 2379 Copeland Road, for a fire in a restroom, said Lowndes County Sheriff Chris Prine in a release.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze which was contained to a trash can in a boy’s restroom. The bathroom sustained minimal smoke damage. Classes resumed shortly after the fire was extinguished.

During the fire investigation, an 11-year-old student was identified. During interviews, authorities learned that the student had set the fire based on the dare of another student, according the sheriff’s office.

The juvenile, whose name will not be released, has been charged with arson in the second degree and has been referred to the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice. This investigation is ongoing and additional arrests may be possible.

Prine asks that anyone with information on this event to contact the sheriff’s office investigative division, (229) 671-2950. Anonymous tips may be provided at (229) 671-2985; or online at