Two teens arrested for arson

Published 12:37 am Saturday, August 25, 2007

Ferriday — Two Ferriday teens were arrested on charges of arson in connection with the fire that caused minor burn damage and major smoke damage to the Concordia Education Center.

The fire happened Aug. 3 — one week before school began — and caused approximately $400,000 worth of damage.

The two teens are ages 14 and 15.

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The 14-year-old reportedly set fire to the school because he wanted to play football, something he could not do as long as he was assigned to the Concordia Education Center, Stevens said.

The Concordia Education Center is the parish alternative school.

Classes at the school have been temporarily moved to Ferriday High School until repairs can be made to the facility.

CPSO investigator Brenda Harris was lead investigator in the case, and was assisted by Chief Investigator Bobby Sheppard.

Sheriff Randy Maxwell thanked the Ferriday Police Department for assistance with the case.