A student set another student’s hair on fire with a cigarette lighter at East Valley High School on Tuesday, police said.
The 17-year-old suspect was arrested after staff called police and said the boy was sitting behind a 16-year-old girl when the girl noticed a “weird smell” and noticed her hair was afire, according to the Spokane Valley Police Department.
The boy patted her head and said “it’s not that bad,” and she pulled clumps of burned hair away. “Hair that didn’t come loose had burned ends,” according to a news release.
One student told police the boy lit the girl’s hair on fire with a cigarette lighter, “igniting her hair into flames that were several inches high,” according to the news release.
The girl did not need medical treatment.
The boy was arrested on one count of felony second-degree assault and booked into Spokane County Juvenile Detention Center. Police seized the lighter as evidence.