A boy has admitted to setting a fire that forced evacuation of hundreds of students and staff at Freedom Elementary School in Highland.
John Patten, assistant to the Alpine School District superintendent, confirmed Friday that the fourth-grader had confessed to setting foam matting ablaze on the school's multipurpose room stage about 8 a.m. Thursday.
The boy, saying he used a cigarette lighter stolen from his sister, also admitted to setting a toilet paper fire in a restroom moments before staff discovered the stage blaze.
The youth has been suspended pending an administrative hearing on Monday. Lone Peak police also have referred the boy to the 4th District Court's juvenile justice system for possible charges.