Poster child for arson


Well, there you go, then.

Several adult arson suspects have been arrested in the seven counties affected by last week’s fires. “A 10-year-old boy is in a whole other psychic realm,” said Dr. Jeff Victoroff, associate professor of clinical neurology and psychiatry, at the University of Southern California. “At least one study suggests that if you take a population of boys between kindergarten and fourth grade, 60 percent of them have committed unsupervised fireplay, which is to say that fireplay is a common and absolutely normal part of human development.”

Damn. I once got in trouble for burning a hole in a screen on the bathroom window. In retrospect, I should have predicted that outcome, but for some reason, I thought of the screen as metal and therefore impervious to an aerosol-driven bathroom blowtorch. Lysol, I believe.

What? Do I really have to tell you to not try that one at home? Get off.

(Story via Michael Parrish at NYTimes.com.)