Prattville Mom Takes Action After Student Burns Son's Hair

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - What started as a junior high school prank is now making its way through the legal system.

The mother of a 13-year-old Prattville Junior High School student says her son's hair was set on fire and she's not satisfied with the school's response.

Cristi Owen wants to take the student who was involved in the prank to court.

She said an 8th grade football player used a lighter and an aerosol can to make a flame thrower and burn her 7th grade son's hair.

School superintendent Larry Butler said the student's scalp wasn't burned. He said the 8th grader was punished, but wouldn't give specifics.

Owen said the boy was placed in an alternative school for a few days and she's filed a juvenile petition with the Prattville Police Department.

The student wouldn't be tried as an adult if the case goes to court and the charge would be juvenile delinquency.

Owen says the incident could have been much worse and the school system should make an example of accused student.

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