Six boys implicated in local playground fire, school vandalism

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TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) Six boys have been referred to juvenile probation stemming from a fire that destroyed a Temple playground and from vandalism at the vacant Emerson Elementary School in Temple, police say.

Four of the boys were responsible for the school vandalism, one for the playground fire, and one was implicated in both incidents, police said.

The Wilson Park playground was heavily damaged on June 29 by a fire that was set deliberately, authorities said.

Officials estimated the total damage at $250,000.

The equipment that burned was installed last fall and will need to be replaced.

The vacant 60-year-old school was vandalized repeatedly.

A decision on whether to tear it down because of the damage is pending, the Temple ISD says.

Police provided no additional details Wednesday night and released no further information Thursday.

Temple police say they refer all cases involving juveniles to juvenile probation officers.

The probation officers review the cases to determine whether they should be sent to court.

The six youngsters weren’t identified because of their age.


Photo: Thomas Pechal
Photo: Thomas Pechal
Photo: Anthony J. Gamino
Photo: Anthony J. Gamino