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Police Chief: PSJA Student Douses Himself in Gasoline

3 years 5 months 1 week ago Thursday, April 06 2017 Apr 6, 2017 April 06, 2017 10:22 AM April 06, 2017 in News

SAN JUAN - A 15-year-old PSJA student was taken to the hospital after dousing himself with gasoline during class. That's according to San Juan Police Chief Juan Gonzalez.

We're told it happened around 10:15 a.m. at PSJA High School. According to a PSJA ISD press release, the student doused himself during a morning fine arts class, apparently intending to set himself on fire. PSJA ISD officials credited the quick response of the teen's classmates for stopping the teen from harming himself or others.

A portion of the building the 15-year-old was in was evacuated. The San Juan Fire Department cleaned the spilled gas and ventilated the area. 

Gonzalez said the student wasn't injured but was taken to the hospital. The police chief added no one was hurt. The scene has since been cleared. Below is the press release from PSJA ISD:

A PSJA High School student was transported to a local hospital after he doused himself with gasoline in front of his peers during a morning fine arts class, with the apparent intent of setting himself on fire. Thanks to a quick response from fellow classmates, he did not cause harm to himself or others. Faculty members and students secured the area and that portion of the building was evacuated.

The San Juan Fire Department, EMS and Police Department were immediately called to assist in the situation. The Fire Department cleaned the spilled gas and ventilated the area.

The district’s counseling crisis team was immediately activated for students who witnessed the situation. The school’s administration has been calling parents to alert them of the event.

We are very grateful to these students, faculty of PSJA High, City of San Juan emergency response teams and district security personnel for their professional and prompt response. We are thankful that what could have been a very tragic situation was avoided. 

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