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Boy on Fire 

Two teens from an underachieving high school are accused of burning to death a student from a more successful charter school, and Lupo and Bernard suspect that their principal is providing them with a phony alibi.

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Rose Troche

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Dick Wolf (created by), Luke Schelhaas (teleplay by) | 3 more credits »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Sisto ... Cyrus Lupo
Anthony Anderson ... Kevin Bernard
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Anita Van Buren
Linus Roache ... Michael Cutter
Alana De La Garza ... Connie Rubirosa
Sam Waterston ... Jack McCoy
Debra Winger ... Principal Woodside
Aaron Grady Shaw ... Moses Dolan (as Aaron Shaw)
Shamika Cotton ... Mrs. Dolan
Cheryse Dyllan ... Jolie Henderson (as Cheryse Nicol Pickens)
David Aaron Baker ... Jake Nemeth
Melvin Mogoli ... Abel Dolan
Selenis Leyva ... Rona Henderson
Gerardo Rodriguez ... Alberto Ramirez
Natascia Diaz ... Cecilia Ramirez
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Two teens from an underachieving high school are accused of burning to death a student from a more successful charter school, and Lupo and Bernard suspect that their principal is providing them with a phony alibi.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 2010 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Stereo

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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This episode is based on the September 2009 murder of of Chicago high school student Derrion Albert, whose fatal beating was captured on video. The teen was attacked during a riot between schoolmates who live in different neighborhoods. See more »

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References Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999) See more »

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A grisly case
10 November 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Jeremy Sisto and Anthony Anderson catch one grisly case in this Law And Order story. A young kid who is a promising student in a charter school is attacked and set on fire. A video that was passed around on the cell phones of students provides the opening clues in what Sisto and Anderson need to crack the case.

As it turns out the kids who did this go to a nearby public high school which is on the list of endangered schools from the State Department of Education. No one wants to talk and point any fingers. In addition the school principal Debra Winger stonewalls the investigation from the start.

Winger's is a complex character. She is obviously a dedicated educator with real concerns for her kids. She's also aware of her principal's job being on the line. It causes her to do some really stupid things. The best I can compare her too is Alec Guinness's Colonel Nicholson from The Bridge On The River Kwai whose concern for his men led him to a few stupid things in that film.

In the end it's figuring out the motivations behind the crime and the efforts to salvage one kid that turns the tide for the prosecution.

Highlight of the story is Debra Winger's Grand Jury testimony where she goes into the advantages of the charter schools versus what she has to deal with in a public high school. It's a controversy that will rage for years among educators and politicians.


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