15 year old had the hots for his new teacher, so he set her on FIRE!!!

coldaircoldair Posts: 11,498 Officer
[h=3]Knoxville West High School teen arrested for trying to set teacher on fire[/h] Posted: Nov 25, 2013 4:50 PM EST
Gabriela Penalba (source: Knox County Schools)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A 15-year-old West High School student was arrested Monday morning for assaulting a teacher by using a lighter to ignite her hair and shirt.
School resource officers responded to a classroom around 10:45 a.m. 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.
The 15-year-old suspect was charged with aggravated assault and evading arrest. He was taken to the juvenile detention facility.


  • hatcityhatcity Posts: 3,063 Captain
    Got it made, got it made, got it made
    I was not born stupid, just had lots of practice
  • aboveboredabovebored Posts: 1,259 Officer
    no video? whats wrong with the youth of today?
  • Tarpon65Tarpon65 Posts: 6,346 Admiral
    Always Do Sober What You Said You'd Do Drunk. That Will Teach You To Keep Your Mouth Shut. - Ernest Hemingway
  • Split ShotSplit Shot Posts: 6,166 Admiral
    That's what I'd do to all the teachers I had the hots for.
  • JKPJKP Posts: 2,944 Captain
    Lighters need to be banned.
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  • Team SabatageTeam Sabatage Posts: 12,870 AG
    JKP wrote: »
    Lighters need to be banned.
    Strap me in, tie me down and roll me a bone, I'm getting on an airplane and I'm flying home...
  • PopeyePopeye Posts: 14,296 Officer
    Any kind of flame maker needs to be banned.

    Any form of light, for that matter.
    When I was younger, I could remember anything...

    whether it had happened or not.

    Mark Twain
  • Team SabatageTeam Sabatage Posts: 12,870 AG
    I am the light, what you speak of is fire.

    This kid was burning with desire
    Strap me in, tie me down and roll me a bone, I'm getting on an airplane and I'm flying home...
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