Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Pyro the Maniac, loose at Stuyvesant High School

Torching trash cans, the new between-class sport in this high school.

You can't catch me, Stuyvesant High School copycat pyromaniac boasts

Wednesday, November 25th 2009

Investigators are hunting for a copycat firebug at Stuyvesant High School - where fires continue to be set even though a student arrested for arson last week isn't there.

And the new culprit apparently thinks he's a genius.

"I'm smart enough - you can't catch me," read a note left at one of the fires, according to FDNY sources. Another note appeared to be in hieroglyphics.

The latest fire broke out yesterday at 11:15 a.m. in an eighth-floor bathroom trash can. The day before, a fire ignited in a 10th-floor bathroom, officials said.

There were nine fires last week, and Mohammed Hassan was arrested for a couple of those and is considered a suspect in others.

But the junior wasn't in school this week - suggesting a copycat is at work.

"It's kids being kids, just a couple of teenagers with too much time on their hands," said physical education teacher Phil Fisher. "Obviously, we have a couple of pyros around here."

Hassan's father, also named Mohammed, said the new fires prove his son's innocence.

"They don't have anything - the fires are still going on so this proves it. It's totally, completely racial," the dad, 54, told the Daily News last night.

No one was injured in the fires.

"I don't know what people think they're accomplishing by doing this," said Taylor DeGiovanni, a junior at the high school.


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