Elementary student arrested for trying to set playground on fire

Posted at 6:50 PM, May 23, 2014
and last updated 2014-05-23 18:50:58-04

RICHMOND, Va. — A Richmond elementary school student has been arrested for allegedly trying to set fire to part of a playground. Richmond fire investigators said the incident happened on May 9, but that the child was just charged Friday.

Investigators said the suspect is a student at Woodville Elementary School, where the alleged arson took place.

The child was removed from class, and put in handcuffs before being placed in a police car, which investigators said is standard procedure.

After being charged, the child was released back to their family.

This isn’t the first time something like this has happened at Woodville. Someone set fire to the school’s old playground in 2012. The damage was so bad, it had to be rebuilt.

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