ZACHARY - Friday, an 8th grader at Northeast High left school early after her hair was singed when another student flicked a lighter behind her head.
The girl, who WBRZ has decided not to identify, had her hair set on fire.
Her parents, who spoke to WBRZ on condition their identities not be released, said their peace of mind was shattered. They assumed their child was safe at school and now have lost faith.
"For one, he's not supposed to have a lighter at school," said the girl's father. "What would bring a kid to do something like that, to want to burn another person's hair?"
The girl said she was in class when she smelled something strange and noticed quickly it was her hair burning and went to a nearby sink to put it out.
"I don't want anybody to try and deal with her or try and mess with her in no kind of way," a parent said.
The family is asking the school to watch students more closely.
"Anything could happen, if that happened, anything could happen," said the father.
The East Baton Rouge Parish School System said the boy responsible will be recommended for expulsion.