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|Six remain in custody|
Six juvenile suspects in the arson of the Horace G. White Senior Learning Center were returned Monday to holding facilities pending a plea arrangement next week.
Judge Rudy McIntyre found "probable cause" in a continued custody hearing in Winnsboro Monday morning and ordered the return to custody.
Five of the six charged are held in juvenile facilities in northeast Louisiana and another is in the Franklin Parish Detention Center with a revoked parole.
A plea session was scheduled for April 14 for each of the defendants. Bond was set for each Monday.
All six were arrested last Thursday by the Franklin Parish Sheriff's Office following a rapid investigation. Sheriff's deputies were poised to move quickly following word from the State Fire Marshall's office that arson was suspected in the March 31-April 1 fire at the school.
Although there were no injuries, a 15-classroom and administrative wing of the three-building school was completely destroyed.
While the suspects were making a court appearance Monday, Franklin Parish School officials were busy with details of putting classes back in order.
Workers were building wooden panels designed to divide the school's gymnasium into 10 separate classrooms.
Classrooms are needed to complete the school year and to facilitate year-end testing requirements.
About 140 students attend the school, which also is home to two General Educational Development programs in the parish.
Cobb said some of the arrested attended the school and several were expelled students. Five of the six are male.
Cobb cited upcoming tests, retribution for expulsion and dislike of the school as potential reasons for the arson.
Sheriff Pylant credited the State Fire Marshal and Winnsboro City Police for assistance in the investigation.
The fire, which drew firefighters from throughout the parish, was first reported about 10 p.m. Tuesday. Fire units from other parishes were also involved.
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