Union Co. HS student facing charges for starting fires at school

Deputies with Union County Sheriff's Office filed charges against a 17-year-old for starting several small fires within a high school last week.

Jayce Kear faces three felony charges for burning of personal property and was released into the custody of his parents after being processed into the Union County Jail.

Two of the fires happened in a restroom at Sun Valley High School and one happened in a trash can, according to deputies. All of the fires were put out themselves and no students were injured.

School resource officers at Sun Valley responded to multiple reports of graffiti writings containing threatening language last week as well.

The threats were violence towards other students, according to deputies. Law enforcement did not believe them to be credible.

Under NC law, it is a Class H felony to make a false report concerning mass violence on educational property.

Deputies have identified another juvenile suspect involved with writing the threatening language and felony charges are forth coming.

“We will thoroughly investigate any criminal matters involving our schools and our students.  I want to ensure parents and our community that we work closely with school officials every day on our campuses to protect our students.  We take these matters seriously and will not tolerate harm coming to our schools or our students.   I commend everyone involved in bringing these matters to a successful conclusion," Sheriff Eddie Cathy said.


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