1.8 min readBy Published On: January 11th, 2012Categories: Features2 Comments on Boston Latin School

Arsonist caught

Boston Police arrested and charged a 16-year-old male student today on arson charges in connection with three trash-can fires in three days at Boston Latin School. The student, whose name was not released because he is a juvenile, will be arraigned in court tomorrow.


At 1:26pm on Wednesday, January 11th, Boston firefighters responded to Boston Latin School for yet another fire set in a trash barrel – this one set inside of a third-floor restroom.  A quick thinking school staff member was able to put out the blaze with a fire extinguisher.  This is the third fire in three days.

Ironically, an investigative team made up of city fire officials and police detectives were in another part of the school investigating the two previous fires when the alarm rang.  

This morning at BLS, students were given brochures encouraging them to “text a tip” to an anonymous tip line.  According to two BLS students, school administrators assured the student body that extra security was being provided, although to the students it appeared like “any other normal day at school.” Students are also beginning to glorify this would be mystery arsonist due to the fact his/her trash barrel fires are disrupting classes and adding excitement to the school day.

On Tuesday, January 10th, for the second day in the row, Boston firefighters responded to an alarm at Boston Latin School on Avenue Louis Pasteur. 

On Monday, January 9th, a fire began in a trash barrel in a second-floor girl’s bathroom.  On Tuesday, the fire started in a large vinyl trash bin in the basement of the school.  In both incidents, no one was injured. 

Water in the basement forced students to finish classes in the cafeteria. A total of $5000 in water damage was suffered.

Via robocall yesterday, Headmaster Lynne Mooney Teta informed BLS parents of the fires as well as asked for help by talking to their children about any information they might have.

According to “someone in the know”, Lynn Mooney Teta will be interviewing every student that signed out of class during that period. 



  1. Dick Tracey January 11, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    How do they know it’s a student? Staff is not capable of doing this?

  2. Anonymous January 13, 2012 at 4:09 am

    I agree with the above comment. How do they know it is not a janitor or anyone like that? 

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