Nevada: Parents Sued for Son’s Arson

The Clark County, Nevada School District is suing the parents of a teenager who allegedly set fire to a high school in 2008. The fire in the boys locker room at Palo Verde High School caused approximately $71,000 in damages. The damage would have been even greater had it not been for the fact the building was sprinklered.


The suit was filed against the youth and his parents. Under Nevada law, a parent can be held liable for up to $10,000 for the actions of a child, and with two parents the District hopes to recover at least $20,000 of the $71,000 in damages. More on the story.

About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 40 years of fire service experience and 30 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.

Check Also

Massachusetts Firefighter Terminated Amidst Allegations of Discrimination

A Brookline firefighter who is suing the fire department for race discrimination has been terminated following a public hearing before the town’s Board of Selectmen. Gerald Alston was fired at the hearing today. He had been out of work since May of 2012, and filed suit against the city last December claiming he was the victim of blatant race discrimination and retaliation.

West Virginia Firefighter Alleges Ethnicity Discrimination

A West Virginia fire department is being sued by a former member who claims he was discriminated against on account of his ethnicity and retaliated against because he spoke out about concerns. Leonel Caso resigned from the Star City Volunteer Fire Department in January, 2015