School briefly evacuated after pupil tries to set fire

Wilkinson Gardens Elementary School was temporarily evacuated Friday morning after a 7-year-old girl tried to set a fire, causing smoke in some classrooms and hallways, authorities said.

Richmond County schools spokesman Louis Svehla said that about 8:30 a.m. the pupil used a lighter in an attempt to set fire to a soap dispenser in a bathroom in between classes.

He said no fire occurred, but "it more just kind of smoked."

He said classrooms were empty for almost an hour, and parents of pupils were alerted of the incident.

Svehla said any discipline in the case most likely will be handled internally through the school.

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