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Two teens arrested in connection with fire, graffiti at Paso Robles middle school

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Posted at 8:54 AM, Jun 03, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-03 18:18:52-04

UPDATE (3:04 p.m.) - Two 14-year-olds from Paso Robles were arrested on suspicion of arson and vandalism after multiple fires were set at Lewis Middle School.

The damage was discovered early Friday morning.

Police say a fire was found actively burning in a large plastic waste container full of paper outside one of the classrooms. That 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 were vandalized with spray paint.

Police say social media posts showed the two teen suspects using an aerosol can and a lighter to set fires around the school.

The school's resource officer and school staff were reportedly able to identify the teens in the videos.

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

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

(8:54 a.m.) - On Thursday evening, Paso Robles Joint Unified School District officials report vandalism at Lewis Middle School.

District officials say a person or persons vandalized the campus by attempting to start several fires and painting graffiti at different places on campus.

A fire was successfully started outside of the 200 building, resulting in some smoke damage to two classrooms. Fire officials say the fire did not penetrate the wall through to the classrooms so they are still usable.

District officials say school will be in session Friday.

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