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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Algerian Teen Sets Himself On Fire Over Failed School Exam

ALGIERS (AFP) – An Algerian teenager set
himself on fire in front of horrified high
school classmates after failing final exams
and not being allowed to repeat his senior
year, a report said Tuesday.

The 19-year-old was in critical condition at a
hospital in the western town of Oran after
the incident that unfolded at the Souiyah El
Houari high school on Monday, the French-
language Quotidien d’Oran reported.

The teen doused himself with gasoline and
set himself on fire with a lighter outside the
teachers lounge.

As some students and teachers witnessing
the incident fainted, the school principal
rushed to the boy and tried to put out the
flames, burning his hands in the process,
the newspaper said.

According to classmates, the teenager was
distraught because the school refused a
request to repeat his senior year after he
failed his final exams, essential to receiving
a high school diploma.


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