Four Students in Custody for Attempted Arson at Murry Bergtraum H.S.

By Joe Parziale and Aidan Gardiner  on October 19, 2012 1:12pm  | Updated on October 19, 2012 2:24pm

 Four people were taken into custody after an attempted arson at Murry Bergtraum High School on Oct. 19, 2012.
Four people were taken into custody after an attempted arson at Murry Bergtraum High School on Oct. 19, 2012.
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CIVIC CENTER — Four students were taken into custody at Murry Bergtraum High School in connection with an attempted arson, officials said.

A school safety officer noticed two boys and two girls about noon exiting a classroom after trying to set a text book on fire, police and a Department of Education official said.

The officer quickly extinguished the fire, the education official added. 

Police took the students, whose identities were not released, into custody and questioned them about the incident, a police official said.

Cops were still investigating the incident Friday afternoon. 

The United Federation of Teachers complained in 2011 that the high school, which is located at 411 Pearl Street near One Police Plaza and blocks away from City Hall, had 104 overcrowded classes, more than any other school in Manhattan.

In March, the school was rocked by a massive brawl involving dozens of students

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