FLORHAM PARK – An 18-year-old student from Plainfield has been arrested and charged with setting a fire in a dormitory bathroom at Saint Elizabeth’s College campus, Morris County Prosecutor Robert A. Bianchi, Esq. and Florham Park Chief of Police Patrick P. Montuore announced today.
Mykia White-Johnson allegedly lit two toilet paper rolls in the fourth floor bathroom of O’Connor Hall, activating the fire alarm system shortly before midnight on Wednesday, Nov. 14. The fire had already gone out by the time members of the Florham Park Police Department and Fire Department responded, but a heavy smoke condition remained in the bathroom.
“Although the investigation with the Florham Park Police Department is still on-going, it was prudent to take immediate action due to the possible catastrophic impact that this situation could have had on a college campus,” Bianchi said. “There are far too many examples of the loss of life that have already occurred at college campuses throughout the United States from the dangers of fires in a similar context.”
White-Johnson was charged with two counts of arson, and Judge Thomas V. Manahan set bail at $10,000 dollars with the stipulation that the student is not permitted to return to the college.
The charges against the defendant are merely accusations; she is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.