VANCOUVER, Wash. – A teenager who admitted to starting a fire that ruined Crestline Elementary School will serve community service and pay for some of the damage.
Dylan Mork, 17, had been drinking and smoking pot with his friends the night of the fire. He didn’t burn the school on purpose.
Mork is starting 10 days of detention at the Juvenile Justice Center. Prosecutors wanted 30 days but Judge Dyann Liebman said she didn’t think that would get the point across any better.
Mork was also sentenced to 150 days of community service. He’s done about 30 days of that already. And he’s been told to pay $2 million in restitution.
He confessed to lighting a coat on fire that caught a bench on fire which led to the school catching on fire in February 2013.
“The first thing I would like to do is apologize to all the people my actions affected – all the teachers and staff, all the children, all the parents, all the police and firefighters that were at risk, because of my stupid decision that night,” Mork said in court.
Several Crestline staff members were in the courtroom Monday afternoon, telling the judge about the impact the fire had on them and Crestline students.
One teacher told the judge that she has a new classroom to set up and maybe as part of Mork's community service he could help her with that.
Part of Mork’s sentence is to stay away from Crestline. He will have to get special permission to go there.
The new Crestline Elementary school is almost finished at a cost of about $22 million.