Truth or dare leads to arson
Police: Dare led
to arson charge
A Fair Haven Union High School student playing truth or dare took the game too far, according to police who say he set a trash bin in one of the school’s bathrooms on fire.
Jordan Chadburn, 16, of Fair Haven, pleaded innocent in Rutland criminal court Monday to misdemeanor criminal charges of arson in the fourth degree and reckless endangerment.
Chadburn, who appeared in court on a citation, remains free on court-ordered conditions that include he stay away from the high school and that he not possess a lighter.
Fair Haven Police say Chadburn was arrested after a fire in a boy’s bathroom near the cafeteria Feb. 2. Video footage at the school showed the teenager entering the bathroom multiple times shortly after 2 p.m. that day. Flaming papers in a trash can were discovered in the bathroom shortly after by a school resource officer.
In interviews with several other students, police say they learned that Chadburn had been playing the game truth or dare minutes before the fire started and that he had been dared to light a piece of paper on fire in the boys bathroom.