A 16-year-old boy set himself on fire in a Denver-area high school cafeteria in what must have been a horrific sight for the other students to witness. The unnamed student was in flames when the school custodian used a fire extinguisher to put out the fire, according to CBS News on Jan. 27. He is in critical condition in a hospital today.
School officials said there was absolutely no warning or threats made before the boy set himself on fire in what is believed to be a suicide attempt. This isolated incident didn’t come with any threats to the school or any of the schools in the area.
Along with the custodian, other students were in the cafeteria when the boy torched himself. Westminster Police Department spokesperson Cheri Spottke said she didn’t know how the boy started the fire. No one knows why the boy opted to attempt to end his life by starting himself on fire in front of his school mates.
The school was closed due to the extensive smoke and as an investigation was started into the event. The school remained closed today, Tuesday, except for kids who need to collect their belongings.
The school will also have counselors on hand Tuesday for any of the students who may feel the need to see someone after this event.
No details are available on the young boy who for some reason made an attempt to end his life in this very gruesome and painful way in front of other students.