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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.

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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.