NU student sets small fire in bathroom |

NU student sets small fire in bathroom

A small fire was discovered Friday morning in a boy’s restroom at Nevada Union High School.

Nevada County Consolidated was called around 7:10 a.m. and the fire already had been extinguished by administrators, said fire investigator Terry McMahan.

The fire was easily extinguished and appeared to have been set in the soap dispenser, administrators said.

“No one was hurt and that’s the important thing,” said district assistant superintendent Karen Suenram, adding the damage is minor, but is being assessed.

The school was evacuated and traffic was backed up on Ridge Road, though the incident took place before school started, said NU Principal Mike Blake.

“We shut down the entrance, so there was a little excitement in the beginning of the day,” Blake said.

The perpetrator was caught on surveillance camera upon exiting the bathroom and disciplinary action was taken.

“He was cited and he’ll be suspended,” Blake said. “We’re dealing with teens and the reality is sometimes they make impulsive decisions. They’re just students who have a momentary lapse (in judgement), do something they shouldn’t be doing, so we go through the process.”

To contact Staff Writer Jennifer Terman, email or call 530-477-4230.

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