Appellate Justices Agree Student Only Wanted to Burn Girl's Hair, Not Century High School Down

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A boy lit a girl's hair on fire at Century High School in Santa Ana last year.

That landed him 180 days in juvie for assault and attempted arson.

But the boy also appealed the attempted arson rap, and a two-justice panel of the Fourth District Court of Appeals in his hometown just ruled in his favor, according to an opinion filed July 25.

The unidentified kid, who was already on probation, did not dispute he flicked a lighter and waved the flame underneath the hair of the girl sitting in front of him in class on June 9, 2010. A teacher saw flames coming from the girl's head which--apparently according to his union contract--allowed him to intervene and stop the barbecue.

The boy surrendered the lighter to the teacher, but he also pleaded that school authorities not let his probation officer in on the offense. The kid later told a school security guard he only torched the girl's hair as a joke and for retaliation, because she had burned his follicles earlier.

Point of order: Whatever happened to noogies, wedgies and Hertz doughnuts?

Anyway, the boy maintained that he only wanted to burn her hair, not all of Century High down. Even the state Attorney General indicated the arson count was stretching the criminality too far. While the prank won the boy a longer probation stretch, at least he gets the arson count expunged from his record.

"At the parties' behest," the justices wrote, "we will reverse the juvenile court's true finding on the attempted arson allegation."

There's gotta be an easier way to ask a girl to the prom.

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dutchfairy
dutchfairy

Wow...that would've never happened while I was there. As a parent, I would certainly press charges. The kid needs to be locked up and undergo psychiatric evaluation.

Ramlee
Ramlee

All teenagers are always undergoing to the search for identity, the role of parents is very important to make a good or bad 

CAMSHEEL
CAMSHEEL

Damm kid needs to be lock in juv  How did he get anyway with this. Did the girls parents press charges? if that was my daughter that had her hair on fire that kid would get locked up.

Kuei
Kuei

His parents must have alot of money.

Guest
Guest

Seriously, cut this idiot's balls off before he reproduces.

jm
jm

"Kid", "barbeque", "anyway", "gotta"- how old is the person who wrote this article? This is a sad and disturbing story but the writer seams to make light of it by his juvenile writing- sorry, but that's what I think.

Pinkhotmami
Pinkhotmami

Only 180 days in juvie that's all? & he was already on probation? they let them get away with to much!

chicaviva
chicaviva

WOW! That wasn't happening when I went there, what is wrong with these teenagers?

Bill T.
Bill T.

Given some patience it's not unlikely he'll self-destruct. We can only hope he doesn't take too many with him.

Bill T.
Bill T.

If that's all it takes to prevent you from understanding the story maybe you ought to go back to watching pre-digested network TV news. The informal style that also assumes that I'm an adult is one of the reasons I'm a devoted OCW reader. If you want to come across as an educated reader, present constructive criticisms of the content (which includes citing sources). Whining about the style will just get you a big "so what?".

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