KALAMAZOO TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A 12-year-old boy is in custody after he allegedly set fires at Valley Center School and assaulted a school staff member on Monday.
Around noon, officers with the Township of Kalamazoo Police Department were sent to the 3100 block of Lake Street after receiving reports that a student was setting fires in an occupied school building and had assaulted a school staff member.
A spokesperson for Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency said the 12-year-old had snuck a lighter in to Valley Center School. The school says he used the lighter to set three pieces of paper on fire. Staff at the school stopped him.
When officers arrived, they detained the student while fire crews extinguished the fire, police say.
The police department said no one was hurt in the fire.
The student was taken into custody and is being held at the Kalamazoo County Juvenile Detention Center.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Township of Kalamazoo Police Department at 269.488.8911 or Silent Observer at 269.343.2100.
— News 8’s Madalyn Buursma contributed to this report.