Teacher Sets Herself on Fire in Front of Students

Woman’s self-immolation follows confrontation with rowdy pupils in southern France.

Abby Ohlheiser

129143707 (An emergency vehicle is parked on October 13, 2011 in front of Jean Moulin high school in Beziers, southern France, after a depressed French maths teacher set herself on fire in the high school playground.)

Photo by Boris Horvat/AFP/Getty Images.

A 44-year-old math teacher who set herself on fire in front of students at her school in southern France died Friday.

The AFP reports that the self-immolation appears to have been prompted by a confrontation between the teacher and a group of rowdy students at a Thursday meeting aimed at clearing the air between the instructor and her pupils.

Students and teachers who witnessed the apparently depressed teacher douse herself in gasoline and set herself ablaze quickly came to her aid. She was then airlifted from the Beziers school to a Montpellier hospital, where she was treated for third-degree burns on Thursday before passing away the following day.

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