Two teenagers arrested in connection with fire and graffiti at Paso Robles middle school


UPDATE (3:04 PM) – Two 14-year-olds from Paso Robles have been arrested on suspicion of arson and vandalism after several fires at Lewis Middle School.

The damage was discovered early Friday morning.

Police said a fire was actively burning in a large plastic waste container filled with paper outside one of the classrooms. This fire caused damage to the building and the classroom door.

Officers also reportedly found several banners around the school that had been burned and other areas that had been vandalized with spray paint.

Police say social media posts showed the two teenage suspects using a spray can and a lighter to start fires around the school.

The school resource officer and school staff could have identified the teenagers in the videos.

The suspects were transported to the San Luis Obispo Juvenile Services Center.

Investigators are asking anyone with further information about this incident to call the Paso Robles Police Department at (805) 237-6464.

(8:54 a.m.) – Paso Robles Unified School District officials report an act of vandalism at Lewis Middle School Thursday night.

District officials say one or more people vandalized the campus by attempting to start multiple fires and painting graffiti in different locations on campus.

A fire was successfully started outside Building 200, causing smoke damage to two classrooms. Firefighters say the fire did not penetrate the wall to the classrooms, so they are still usable.

District officials say school will be in session Friday.

Paso Robles Fire and Police Department are investigating the incident. If you have any information regarding vandalism, please contact the Paso Robles Police Department at 805-237-6464.


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