Two Confess to Dormont Elementary Fire

Two juveniles have confessed to setting the fire, according to Keystone Oaks School District.

Two juveniles have confessed to setting fire to the playground at Dormont Elementary School on Nov. 30.

Keystone Oaks School District released a statement Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 4:30 p.m., saying only that the individuals are being dealt with appropriately and the district would like to thank everyone associated with the case, including members of the public who provided information to the investigation.

The fire caused to the playground area. Read the initial report by clicking here.

School officials are not commenting on the matter at this time.

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JD December 11, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Daniele Ventresca December 12, 2012 at 04:22 AM
I hope that dealt with appropriately" means that they are going to serve time in detention and will be required to pay every dime in damage back to the school district.
Ed M December 12, 2012 at 12:03 PM
Fantastic. They should have to pay the cost to replace the playground.
MSgt. John DeLallo December 12, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Since these sweet, but obviously miguided children must have been traumatized in life, and lost their self esteem, let's form a non-profit to fund their defense and restitution of their damages. I too would love to know what "appropriately" means. If it means Mommy and Daddy are going to pay for the damages, and these two miscreants get jailed till 21 or forced to enlist in the Army, only to clean grease traps for their entire term of service, I could live with it. Coddling these little s***s does nothing for them or for the community. For adults, this is called arson, and is punishable by a long jail term. Oops, forgot, Zappala is still the DA. Probably get it plea bargained down to a slap on the wrist and a summary disorderly conduct.
Joseph M. Costanzo December 12, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Solved by the best arson investigator in allegheny county
Erin Faulk December 12, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Haha, thanks for commenting, Joe. I just spoke with him a little bit ago and will have a new story up tomorrow!
DSA December 12, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Agreed - a detention center is more appropriate than just detention. I don't like to assume things, but I'm willing to wager if they've graduated to arson then they've done a couple other questionable acts in their lives. Nice work by police and all, but it's a playground that caught on fire on a cold and clear November evening. Doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out it was arson.
Joseph M. Costanzo December 12, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Can't help showing my pride.
Jason D Flaherty December 12, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Since when does the scool have a say so? It was after school and after school hours! I think the borough needs to step up and set an example and tell the school district this is our problem not yours. So if there's an underage drinking party there why doesn't the school hand out the punishment? Cause the state does by taking your drivers liscence. But we can I guess go light fires and get dealt with by the school who DIDnt put out the fire or investigate it. Well as a tax payer the school needs to reimburse the borough.
Mary Ellen MacPherson December 12, 2012 at 11:23 PM
That's an interesting question about jurisdiction. I know it happened on school district property, but arson, even involving juveniles, is serious criminal behavior. What determines whether the school district or the police decide prosecution and punishment?
Cindy Lucas December 12, 2012 at 11:24 PM
I certainly hope that these children face serious consequences, because this was a serious crime. Also, the parents should be held responsible for the monetary damages. In the future perhaps they should pay a little more attention to where their children are and what they are doing.
Ed M December 13, 2012 at 12:21 PM
It was on school property which is also borough property. I wonder what would happen if this was done on high school property which is in Mt. Lebanon?
JS December 13, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Good job getting Zappala's name in the discussion. What I want to know is how this case relates to gun laws. No, sorry - what I really want to know is how so many people who have no first hand knowledge of what went on with this crime can offer themselves up as cop, judge, jury, and jailer (or executioner, in some cases, I'm sure).
MSgt. John DeLallo December 13, 2012 at 04:07 PM
For JS--- I've gone over my comment regarding the miscreants who committed arson at Dormont Elementary several times. Perhaps in my old age I can't read my own post clearly. Can you please point me to the exact sentence where there is a reference to guns, firearms, gun laws, or anything gun related? I'm confused. You also make reference to cop (I'm not), judge (I'm not) jury (I probably won't get picked), jailer (not me, never been one and don't wish to be one). Uh, unless I've had yet another senior moment, the article begins by stating that "Two juvenilles have confessed..." I didn't think it much of a leap to assume that the police arrested the guilty parties. JS, if you think the commentary was out of line, I suggest you complain to the editor, and have my comment deleted. I'm a sport, so I'm NOT going to complain about your comment. Indeed, I'm going to hope it stands so all can judge it on its merits.
MSgt. John DeLallo December 13, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Joe: Overstating the obvious--and I'm proud of you. Perhaps some folks thought that Boy Scout Troop 123 earned a merit badge by investigating this serious arson. Merry Christmas to you and yours.
JS December 13, 2012 at 06:37 PM
The gun comment was meant as a joke, sorry if it didn't come off. You many times seem to tie gun laws and the 2nd ammendment into your posts, whether they have anything to do with the topic or not. I realize you are knowledgable and passionate about guns. The reference to cops, judge, etc. was aimed at all the posts that somehow know that the book should be thrown at these kids without a whole lot of information actually released about the circumstances. You yourself said you wanted them to do jail time and/or be forced to join the army. This country still has different punishments for juvenile crime and adult crime. I'm not sure that's a bad thing. You seem to think differently. We have a difference of opinion, I'm not about complaining to the editor about posts I don't agree with, I just respond to them. Why you would think you have a case to have mine deleted escapes me. Ignoring the apparently lame attempt at humor at the beginning of my post, all I was saying was that I thought your post and others are jumping to judge these kids and you want adult punishment thrown at them, which I can't agree with without knowing more. I don't have all the facts about how it happened and what the kid's intent was, but I wouldn't have an opinion on what sort of punishment should be meted out without knowing all the circumstances. I realize it's easy to talk tough and demand outrageous punishments, I'd prefer to wait for the trial.
Joseph M. Costanzo December 13, 2012 at 07:11 PM
John, thanks and Merry Christmas to you and yours also.
Erin Faulk December 13, 2012 at 07:53 PM
A lot of you have probably seen this by now, but the individuals responsible will be facing criminal charges: http://patch.com/A-0qLy
Jason D Flaherty December 14, 2012 at 07:18 PM
It doesn't matter who's property it fell on! It's not for the school board to choose punishment! It's a crime and in my opinion it's right up there with guns,drugs and bullying! If they get to choose the punishment how come the police have to patrol an area that the school already governs! I would love to know who these kids are and see who their families are cause as far as I know they should be made public. We need to know if its our neighbor or if my kid is playing (lol) with them.
Jason D Flaherty December 14, 2012 at 07:24 PM
I guess throwing eggs at the school should not be cause for an arrest by Dormont police unless the school says " ah, yes can you go arrest those kids". Why DIDnt the K.O. Police do the investigation and make an arrest instead of pawning it off on Dormont Police till they decide. I hope I never see any kids name on here under 16 accused of a crime...
MSgt. John DeLallo December 15, 2012 at 08:43 AM
JS: In light of the horrific murders today in Connecticut, I can only say that there is nothing funny about firearms coupled with criminal acts. Right now, at 3:32 A.M. Saturday morning I am restless, disturbed, and praying for those families, and for the parents and grandparents like me who are going to be answering tough questions from youngsters about the same age as those victims. I'm not going to debate this issue. As we speak, it is a complex tragedy, and folks who are much smarter than I are faced with the daunting task of determining what happened (beyond the obvious). I hope you will join me in prayer. At our VFW we pray for the children in our National Home, and all recite "Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not, for of such is the Kingdom of God." Right now, this instant, that prayer is all I can offer. I have no snarky retorts, nor evaluation of our system of jurisprudence, nor judgemental wanderings of the mind. I only ask that you join me, and I am certain, millions of Americans who are praying as we speak. I believe I can count on you to do that.
JS December 15, 2012 at 01:00 PM
As everyone who has any compassion in them, I grieve for the people involved in this tragedy. To each his own as to how to deal with this, whether it's with prayer or whatever. I also feel extreme anger at the people who make it their life's work to make sure that these types of weapons are available to anyone who wants one. Those that complain about a $5 fee attached to gun purchases, who want guns sold at gun shows without a background check, who think it's too much to require someone who has a gun stolen to report it as such. As do you, Msgt., I have many many emotions today. I trust you slept well last night. We need to start the conversation now, today, about what kind of society that we want when it comes to guns. Do we continue to not have a conversation about the gun culture because of the few that shout down that conversation, or do we say enough is enough.


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