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SPOKANE, Wash. - A 17-year-old East Valley High School student was arrested Tuesday after he set the hair of a female student afire while the two were seated in class.

The suspect was booked into Spokane County Juvenile Detention center on a felony count of Second-Degree Assault.  His name is withheld because he is a juvenile.

Deputy Ken Dodge was called to the school shortly after 10:30 a.m. Tuesday by a school staff member that was holding the suspect in the office area.

Dodge learned from the 16-year-old victim that the suspect was seated behind her in math class when she noticed a "weird smell."  She quickly realized the odor was her hair burning.  The suspect patted her head with his hand, apparently to extinguish the fire.

The victim began feeling her head and pulling clumps of burned hair away.  Hair that didn't come loose had burned ends.

A student witness reported that the suspect was holding a red cigarette lighter minutes before the fire, and that the suspect commented that "it's not that bad" while patting the victim's head.

Another student witness reported actually seeing the suspect hold the lighter up to the victim's head and igniting her hair into flames that were several inches high.

The victim did not require medical treatment and wished to press charges against the suspect.

 Dodge recovered the lighter and placed it on police property as evidence.  Second-Degree Assault is a felony.

 

 

 

 

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