Friday, November 29, 2013

Tenn. Student Sets Teacher on Fire During Class; Sneaks Behind Her,Burns Hair,Shirt with Lighter

Authorities in Tennessee say a 15-year-old high school student set his teacher's hair and clothes on fire during class earlier this week, the Gawker website reports today (November 29, 2013).

Gabriela Penalba -- a science teacher at West High School in Knoxville -- had her back to the classroom when the teen snuck up behind her and ignited her hair and shirt with a lighter.

Students rushed to the 23-year-old teacher's aid, helping her extinguish the blaze, thus avoiding serious burns.

The student tossed the lighter out a nearby window and fled, but was soon caught by school resource officers. The suspect was charged with aggravated assault and evading arrest, and was transported to a juvenile detention facility.

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