Westminster's Standley Lake High School reopens Wednesday after student set himself on fire Monday

24-hour mental health services: 303-425-0300

WESTMINSTER, Colo. - Standley Lake High School in Westminster will reopen Wednesday after a 16-year-old boy intentionally set himself on fire in the cafeteria Monday morning.

District officials said students will follow a regular schedule, periods one through eight, through the end of the week. There will be no block schedules. This will allow students to check-in with their regular teachers and other school staff.

According to police and fire reports, the boy doused himself with an accelerant before lighting himself on fire. Westminster Fire Department spokeswoman Diana Wilson says a 1-gallon Coleman fuel jug was found at the scene.

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

Westminster Police Department spokeswoman Cheri Spottke said the boy didn't make any threats before starting the fire in the cafeteria at about 7:15 a.m. Monday.

A custodian used a fire extinguisher to put out the blaze before it could spread.

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

No other people were hurt.

Police aren't releasing the victim's name, but several friends have posted the message, "Pray for Vince," on their Facebook pages.

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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