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Classes resume at school allegedly burned by sixth-grader

December 8, 1997

DALLAS (AP) _ An elementary school moved classes into the auditorium, the gym and the cafeteria today after a fire allegedly planned by at least one sixth-grade boy who didn’t want to attend class.

Police arrested two 12-year-old twin boys on suspicion of arson after the fire Sunday at Dan D. Rogers Elementary School. The fire caused $175,000 in damage. Firefighters wouldn’t say how it started.

``What we heard (Sunday) was that these kids were out bragging around the neighborhood that they wouldn’t have to go to school in the morning because the school burned down,″ fire Capt. David Caughran told The Dallas Morning News.

At least one of the boys faces a juvenile charge of arson, Caughran said.

School officials said they suspect the boys also set fire to a portable building at the school about two weeks ago.

Teacher Glenda Bunch sobbed when she saw the scorched remains of her classroom. There was smoke and water damage throughout the rest of the sixth-grade wing.

``I’m a single mom with three kids of my own and I’ve worked so hard to put what they have and what I have into that room for the kids I teach every day,″ Bunch told television station KDFW. ``I don’t want to go see it. It’s 20 years, 30 years of my life, all gone.″

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