Student arrested for arson after fire at SW Indiana school

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MOUNT VERNON, Ind. (AP) — Police say a southwestern Indiana high school student has been charged with arson in connection with a fire at a school.

Mount Vernon police say 18-year-old Clay Siesky was arrested Tuesday morning and lodged in the Posey County Jail.

Authorities tell WFIE-TV a soap dispenser in a boys restroom at Mount Vernon Senior High School was intentionally set on fire. School officials say Siesky confessed to setting the fire and that he didn’t expect it to get out of control.

The school was evacuated and the fire was extinguished in about 10 minutes. Classes resumed a short time later. No one was hurt. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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