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Boy, 14, Charged With Felony Battery After Setting Classmate’s Hair On Fire, Police Say

The Dett Elementary student’s hair was mostly burned off and she sustained burns to her forehead, officials said.

Dett Elementary School is located at 2131 W. Monroe St.
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NEAR WEST SIDE — A 14-year-old boy was arrested after setting a classmate’s hair on fire late Monday afternoon at Dett Elementary School on the Near West Side, police and school officials confirmed.

At 3:25 p.m., the boy lit a 13-year-old girl’s hair on fire in the 2100 block of West Monroe Street, said Officer Jennifer Bryk, a spokesperson for the Chicago Police Department.

The girl’s hair was mostly burned off and she sustained burns to her forehead, police officials said.

The 14-year-old student has been charged with felony aggravated battery, Byrk said. No other information was immediately available.

Chicago Public School officials said they could not disclose information regarding disciplinary actions but said the incident was being handled in accordance with district policy.

“All students deserve a safe learning environment and we are deeply concerned about the incident that took place at Dett,” Emily Bolton, a CPS spokeswoman, said in a statement. “The school has offered supports to the family and the district is in the process of reviewing the incident.”

Dett Elementary School, a Level 3 CPS neighborhood school, serves preschool through eighth grade students on the city’s Near West Side.