Vandalized flyer not a hate crime 

Police say a gay issues flyer that was set ablaze at a San Francisco middle school Thursday morning was not a hate crime as cops originally reported.

A 15-year-old girl with mental health issues set fire to the flyer in a third-floor bathroom at James Denman Middle School, causing an evacuation, authorities said.

Firefighters responded to the middle school at 241 Oneida Ave. around 7:30 a.m. Only the flyer was damaged, but not all the way. After fire crews cleared the bathroom, the girl returned and set fire to the flyer a second time, police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said.

Fire crews were still at the campus, he said.

Cops identified and detained the girl after interviewing students and reviewing security cameras, Esparza said. She attended a program for students with disabilities that operates at the middle school, he said.

Police initially investigated the arson as a hate crime since the flyer pertained to gay, lesbian and transgender issues.

“We take these investigations seriously,” Esparza said.

The girl was turned over to mental health authorities, he added.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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