Student accused of lighting teacher on fire
BATON ROUGE - An eighth-grade student in Baton Rouge was arrested and expelled after authorities said the 14-year-old lit a substitute teacher's burqa on fire.
The News 2 Investigative Unit started looking into the incident at Westdale Middle School, which happened on Oct. 4, because parents said they weren't notified about it.
According to the sheriff's office, the School Drug Task Force was called to campus at 9:50 a.m. that day to investigate a student who lit his teacher's clothing on fire. The East Baton Rouge Parish School System described the garment as a burqa, and the teacher told investigators she had just reprimanded the student for misbehaving when hit lit her on fire with a cigarette lighter.
The substitute was treated at Westdale and is fine, according to the sheriff's office. The student was charged with aggravated assault on a school teacher and brought to juvenile detention.
News 2 asked a school system spokesperson why parents weren't notified, which led to allegations the school was trying to cover up the incident. The school released a statement which read, "an investigation was conducted and appropriate disciplinary action was taken pursuant to the district's policies and procedures. The student no longer attends Westdale Middle School and has been expelled."