2 Atlantic High School employees disciplined over fire incident

Posted at 2:02 PM, Jun 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-22 05:42:45-04

The School District of Palm Beach County has disciplined two employees following a fire-related incident at a pep rally in March at Atlantic High School.

Inferno Challenge performer and owner Ricky Charles caught fire during a performance were he attempted to blow fire.

The district has just released its investigation into the incident.

The school’s principal, Terra Dellegrotti-Ocampo, received a written reprimand. The report says the principal “failed to take responsibility to ensure that proper procedures for holding a special event at the school were followed.”

In the report she told district officials that she was not aware the performance involved fire.

One of the school’s teachers was also disciplined as a result of the incident.

William Durgin, the sponsor of the school’s student government association, received a written notation and verbal reprimand.

The report says that Durgin “admitted to being aware that a fire would be part of the performance and that [he] did not have a contract in place for the event.”

Charles has repeatedly said he used a different type of oil for his stunt at Atlantic High School and was not familiar enough with it, which led to the fire. He received second degree burns from the incident.

Several students were also taken to the hospital as a result of the fire incident. They complained about smoke inhalation but were not seriously injured.