Student sets himself on fire inside Colorado high school cafeteria

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Westminster, CO, United States (4E) – A student walked into a Denver suburb school cafeteria and set himself on fire leaving him severely burned on Monday.

Students and teachers of Standley Lake High School in Westminster saw the 16-year-old student arrive at the cafeteria around 7:12 a.m. and suddenly lit himself. A teacher grabbed a fire extinguisher and another staffer put out the fire quickly, according to Westminster police spokeswoman Cheri Spottke.

The victim, whose name is being withheld pending notification of his family, was taken to an undisclosed hospital for treatment.

The teacher suffered minor injury from breaking the glass container housing the fire extinguisher and was treated at the scene. There was no serious damage to the school building caused by the fire but it prompted the evacuation and closure of the school.

Police are treating the incident as a suicide attempt after reading the victim’s suicide note on social media. The note said he planned the suicide for years and no one is at fault.

Investigators are also reviewing the video taken in the cafeteria. Firefighters saw an empty one-gallon of fuel on the floor of the cafeteria.

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