Monday morning was not just another day for Gabriela Penalba, a high school teacher at West High School in Knoxville, TN. Garbriela quickly learned that her students were made up of heroes and one 15-year-old budding arsonist.
While teaching her class on Monday, Gabriela turned her back to the classroom and was lit on fire by one of her students. The student pulled out a cigarette lighter and lit her shirt and hair on fire. Many of the students rushed to her aide and the fire was quickly put out.
The perpetrator then riled up the situation even further by throwing the lighter out of the window and fleeing the school. Police were called around 10:45 a.m. and chased the student down on foot, arresting him with a full admission to the assault during later police interviews. The students name has not been released due to being under age.
Gabriela Penalba received no burns to her skin due to the quick actions of the other students in the class. The 15-year-old, however, will not see that amount of luck in this case. He has been charged with aggravated assault and evading arrest. The suspect has been taken to the juvenile detention facility in Knoxville where he will await judicial proceedings.
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