A Colorado high school has been closed for the day after a student set himself on fire in the school’s cafeteria Monday. Authorities told reporters that the boy is currently in critical condition.
ABC News stated that the boy has only been identified as a 16-year-old. His name had not been released to the public at this time. The student reportidly set himself on fire at 7:12 am local time in the cafeteria of Standley Lake High School in Westminster, Colorado.
This news comes only days after a week full of tragic news surrounding young children and on campus violence. Last Thursday, The Inquisitr reported on the murder of an 11-year-old girl who was stabbed some 40 time by her 14-year-old half-sister in Mundelein, Illinois. The girl told reporters that she had attacked her sister because she felt the girl had been ungrateful as of late.
Last Friday, another act of sibling violence was reported by The Inquisitr when a 14-year-old boy in Oakland, California shot and killed his 17-year-old sister, Justice Toliver. Relatives of the girl told reporters that she had been killed as a result of an argument over laundry. Toliver had reportedly bleached some of the 14-year-old’s clothing, which sparked the argument that lead to her shooting death.
Last week there were also multiple campus shootings at Universities across the country. Last Tuesday, The Inquisitr reported on a shooting that took place at Purdue University. One person was killed when Cody Cousins, 23, entered the basement of Purdue University’s Electrical Engineering Building and shot and killed fellow student and teaching assistant, Andrew Boldt.
Then on Friday of last week, The Inquisitr reported on a shooting that took place on the campus of South Carolina State University. During this shooting, a student, Brandon Robinson, 20, was shot and killed outside of the Andrew Hugine Suits upperclassmen dormitory. Justin Bernard Singleton, 19, was arrested and charged with Robinson’s murder.
Last week’s burst of violence has people wondering what exactly is going on with the youth of our nation. In the case of the 16-year-old boy who set himself on fire, Westminster Police Department spokeswoman Cheri Spottke said she didn’t know if the student made any threats or statements before igniting himself.
According to USA Today, the only other reported injury was of a cafeteria worker who had suffered a minor cut while trying to extinguish the fire. These recent acts of violence and self-harm have the nation on high alert, especially because these recent events have all taken place in such a short time frame. Stay with The Inquisitr as more information becomes available on the teen who set himself on fire in his school cafeteria.
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