This is for California state.
Just days before graduation, Jeremy Bates learns he failed his chemistry final and will not be graduating from high school. Determined to get “revenge,” he plans to burn down the school. Jeremy’s high school is constructed entirely of cinder block and cement and contains no wood or other flammable items; however, Jeremy does not realize that cinder block and cement will not burn. He starts a small fire with twigs in the corner of his science classroom, but obviously the wall and floor do not catch on fire. A small black residue remains on the wall and floor. Can Jeremy be charged with arson? Why or why not? Are there any other possible crimes to charge Jeremy with? Use your state statutes to support your position.