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Police: Student setting self on fire an apparent suicide attempt

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT
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A police cruiser blocks the entrance to Standley Lake HIgh School, where classes were cancelled after an apparent suicide attempt by a student, Monday in Westminster, Colo. Police say a 16-year-old boy was critically injured after setting himself on fire at the suburban Denver high school.

WESTMINSTER, Colo. – A 16-year-old boy set himself on fire at a suburban Denver high school Monday in an apparent suicide attempt that left him critically injured, authorities said.

The boy didn’t make any threats before starting the fire in the cafeteria at Standley Lake High School at about 7:15 a.m., Westminster Police Department spokeswoman Cheri Spottke said.

A custodian was able to use a fire extinguisher to put out the blaze before it could spread, Spottke said. Several other students were in the cafeteria at the time, but none were injured.

Investigators went through the school with bomb detection dogs as a precaution, and no devices were discovered, Spottke said. Investigators are also talking to students, faculty members and family members to find out what happened, she said.

– Wire report

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