Girl, 16, charged with pouring gas on 2 school guards, trying to light it with …

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Girl, 16, charged with pouring gas on 2 school guards, trying to light it with grill lighter.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A 16-year-old girl poured gasoline on two Pennsylvania high school security guards and unsuccessfully tried to ignite it using a grill lighter, police said Tuesday in announcing charges against the girl. Wilkinsburg student Imani Knight-Brantley was jailed, unable to post $100,000 bail, after being arraigned Tuesday and charged as an adult with aggravated assault, risking a catastrophe, reckless endangerment and bringing a weapon onto school property. Knight-Brantley carried a 2-liter soda bottle filled with gasoline and the lighter in her hooded sweatshirt before attacking the guards, Brandon Murray and Leah Pyle, on Monday morning, Wilkinsburg police said in a criminal complaint. Online court records don’t list an attorney for Knight-Brantley, who was interviewed by police while accompanied by her grandmother, the girl’s legal guardian, according to the complaint.

Although Knight-Brantley acknowledged pouring the gasoline on Murray — with some spilling on Pyle — she told police she had been provoked during a confrontation with Murray on Friday. The school — one of the poorest in the Pittsburgh suburbs — has an after-school food program and the suspect returned at the end of the day to eat before milling about when other students began fighting that afternoon, Murray told police. School spokesman Pete Camarda, who told reporters Monday that the girl hadn’t attempted to light the gasoline, said Tuesday, “As the day unfolded, we found out more and more.” The girl wouldn’t tell police where she got the gasoline, but she acknowledged confronting Murray on Monday, then throwing gasoline onto him, hitting the other guard and soaking the floor.

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