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Curfew for school smoke flare teenager 'unfair on family'

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Image caption Jack Marsters' actions led to the school being evacuated

A teenager who set off a smoke flare in his school has avoided a curfew after a sheriff said it would be unfair on his family to have to "put up with him every night".

Jack Marsters, 18, discharged the flare at Bo'ness Academy, West Lothian on his final day of school last April.

Sheriff Derek Livingston imposed a two-year supervision order.

Falkirk Sheriff Court was told that Marsters' actions led to the entire 1,200-pupil school being evacuated.

Ann Orr, prosecuting, said: "Another pupil managed to pick up the flare and move it outside very quickly after it had been set off, so there was no damage."

She said Marsters told police: "If I knew it was going to be this dangerous I wouldn't have done it.

"I just wanted everybody to get time out of school for the fire alarm as it was the very last day."

Punched father

The court heard the incident had stopped Marsters sitting his Highers.

The court was told Marsters had also punched his father in a row at home last April when he tried to check his son's mobile phone.

Mrs Orr said: "He was banging on the windows, and his parents became so concerned about his behaviour that they called the police and he was arrested."

Marsters became abusive again at his home on 18 December after being out all night, leaving his mother "shaken".

Marsters, of Bo'ness, admitted culpable and reckless conduct, assault, and threatening behaviour.

Sheriff Livingston said: "It is clear that before less than a year ago when he started going off the straight and narrow, he had probably a very bright future in front of him.

"One of the things I was thinking of was a restriction of liberty order but that would mean his family had to put up with him every night."

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