JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- One of the two Mandarin High School students arrested for arson said they had gone under the football stadium to smoke marijuana, according to police.
The fire broke out under the stadium on March 3, causing nearly $200,000 in damage to the stadium, a classroom and some sports equipment.
According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, the students, 15-year-old Darrell Lamont Jones Jr. and 16-year-old Keith Devon Graham Jr., went under the stadium to smoke marijuana at about 7:30 that morning.
At one point, according to statements the suspects gave police, they started daring each other to strike matches and throw them on high jump cushions that were stored nearby.
They caught on fire, and the suspects said they then sprayed cologne on the cushions.
When the fire grew, Jones said he tried to extinguish it with a broom, but they both left the area when the fire got out of hand.