West Seattle youths celebrate summer by allegedly burning homework

SEATTLE -- Only hours out of the drudgery of the school year, and still years away from the drudgery of adult life, a handful of West Seattle youths celebrated the start of summer by burning their homework, according to the Seattle Police Department.

Officers were driving through Schmitz Park around 6:30 p.m. Friday when they smelled smoke. According to police, the officers found a pile of charred school papers, leaves and twigs and saw a teen running up some nearby stairs.

When officers caught up with the teen, they reportedly found marijuana cigarettes, brass knuckles, baggies of marijuana hidden inside deodorant containers, mysterious yellow capsules and a small scale in his backpack.

Officers notified the teen's grandmother and booked him into the Youth Service Center for investigation of arson, drug possession and weapons violation.

Earlier in the day, officers were looking for three other youths who were reportedly burning their homework near California Avenue Southwest and Southwest Lander Street.