15-Year Old Tries to Set Teacher’s Hair and Shirt on Fire

According to the victim and witnesses, when teacher Gabriela Penalba, 23, turned her back to the classroom, a male student lit her hair and shirt on fire.

Other students quickly helped put out the fire.

The suspect then tossed the lighter out the window while Penalba was getting help.

The suspect fled from officers, but was quickly caught after a foot chase. He admitted to the assault during a police interview.

The fire was put out before Penalba received burns to her skin.

Knoxville West High School teen arrested for trying to set teacher on fire. WATE.com, 11/25/2013.

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