Standley Lake High School students wear 'Gator Strong' shirts to show support for burned classmate

WESTMINSTER, Colo. - When classes resumed after a teen was critically burned at Standley Lake High School earlier this week, the school sent a special message to the boy and his family.

Each student was given a T-shirt with the words "Gator Strong" when they returned to school in Westminster on Wednesday.

"We wanted to let our students know that we will move forward together as a school community after this tragic event and that we are here to support and care for one another," said Principal Jeff Pierson, in a post on the Jefferson County School District's Facebook page. "We are GATOR STRONG!"

Authorities say the boy was burned on over 80 percent of his body and is in critical condition at a local hospital.

Police aren't releasing the boy's name. Investigators say the 16-year-old was attempting suicide when he walked into the cafeteria Monday morning and set himself on fire.

At least 60 other students were in the cafeteria and may have witnessed the horrific incident, said Jefferson County Public Schools spokeswoman Lynn Setzer.

The Jefferson Center for Mental Health will offer mental health services through a 24-hour number at 303-425-0300. Another resource offered to families and students is Safe2Tell at 877-542-7233.

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