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Student confesses to prank, faces charges

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By Stephen Thomas

HEBRON ESTATES – A North Bullitt High School student confessed to a dangerous prank and will be charged with arson.

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The father of a 17-year-old North Bullitt senior delivered a letter of confession from the student to the Bullitt County Sheriffs Office Monday morning.

Chief deputy Danny Thompson said the student would be charged with arson first-degree and tried in juvenile court.

Jaime Goldsmith, Safe and Drug Free Schools director for Bullitt County Public Schools, said the student would be recommended for expulsion.

Goldsmith added that disciplinary action could still be taken by the school toward other students either involved in the prank or not reporting it to proper authorities.

See Wednesday's edition of The Pioneer News and www.pioneernews.net for a full story.

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Police are questioning North Bullitt High School students following a minor explosion Friday morning.

HEBRON ESTATES – Police are questioning North Bullitt High School students following a minor explosion Friday morning.

Bullitt County Sheriffs chief deputy Danny Thompson said a juvenile or juveniles were responsible for damaging a toilet in a school restroom.

Thompson said the "prank" consisted of dumping liquid from a hairspray can into the toilet and lighting it, causing an explosion.

According to Thompson, the incident took place around 7:15 a.m. Police responded to the school around 10 a.m.

Bullitt County Safe and Drug Free Schools coordinator Jaime Goldsmith said Bullitt County EMS initially evaluated students before the substance was known.

Thompson said the prank may have been planned several days in advance. Police and school officials are questioning a number of North Bullitt students throughout the day.

"A lot of kids saw things so we'll be questioning them," he said.

Goldsmith said at least one student was suspected and others may have assisted.

"We know the student who brought the hairspray," she said. "The one who brought it used it."

Goldsmith said the incident could possibly lead to an expulsion of students because of damages to school property.

Thompson said police would treat the incident first as an arson because an explosive device was brought into the school  and set on fire.

"A common device was used for an uncommon purpose," he said.

Bullitt County Emergency Management and Zoneton Fire units also responded to the scene, along with a state fire marshal. Thompson said the Bereau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosices (ATF) was contacted.