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Police: Mauldin High Student Set Classmate's Hair on Fire

Student faces assault and battery charges stemming from incident.

A Mauldin High School student is facing charges after he allegedly set a female classmate's hair on fire during class, according to a Mauldin Police Department incident report.

According to the report, the 15-year-old victim and assistant principal Brad Griffin stated that a 16-year-old male suspect pulled out a lighter during a class on Jan. 11 and said: "Me set your synthetic [hair] on fire!" When the victim replied it was her real hair, the suspect allegedly lit her hair on fire anyway.

The student reportedly ran out of class to a restroom and, along with a fellow classmate, attempted to douse her hair to stop the burning. The victim also alleged in the report that the suspect followed her into the restroom, laughed at her, and then walked back out.

No injuries were reported from the alleged incident, but the victim reported that some of her hair came out in the restroom sink, the report said.

The suspect claimed innocence to police and insisted that the girl had lit her own hair on fire. However, the "victim and several of her classmates did provide written statements in reference to this incident," the report stated.

The suspect, whose name was not released because of his age, was arrested and booked into the county juvenile detention center and was charged with third-degree assault and battery, disturbing schools, and giving false information to a police officer, the report said.

In addition, the student was given a 10-day school suspension, according to Greenville County Schools' spokesperson Susan Clarke.

Roberto nidluam January 16, 2013 at 01:38 PM
This is only one of the many incidents that go on at Mauldin HS on a daily basis. The probelm is that between the HS and MPD they do a very good job of keeping things on the down low most times... If you only knew! I do have to disagree though that if Hendricks were still there, with todays world of crazy kids a situation such as this would still have happened. Student teacher ratio's are off the chain and the student population in that school deems more oversight than they currently have in place.....
Hal Millard January 16, 2013 at 08:59 PM
Thanks for the comments. I wonder what other Mauldin High parents and their children see/hear that never make the news?
Roberto nidluam January 17, 2013 at 02:49 AM
You might be surprised! The last thing that todays educators want is negative plublicity in their buildings. They would rather hide the truth than face the facts and music that goes with it....
DonnaM January 17, 2013 at 09:41 AM
A lot of thugs and trash at MHS. They had a known gang member almost 20 years old 2010-2011! My daughter graduated there and I have homeschooled my other 2 children after our experiences at MHS! I referred to the principal as the "phantom principal! " Parents discussed never seeing her. We were very involved and informed but it doesn't matter when the parental communication falls on deaf ears.
Andrea January 18, 2013 at 01:12 AM
I have a Freshman son who is there and we have had only one minor issue relative to his education since he started. It is obvious that things go under the radar. This happened on 1/11 and I just found out about it today, almost a week later. Even my son did not know about it.

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