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Colorado Student Sets Himself On Fire In Standley Lake High School Cafeteria

28/01/2014 12:08 GMT | Updated 28/01/2014 12:59 GMT

A Colorado student set himself on fire in the middle of his school cafeteria, in what local police suspect was a suicide attempt, it has emerged.

Classes at Standley Lake High School in Westminster were cancelled after the incident on the morning of 27 January, while the student was taken to hospital with "unknown injuries", according to news agency Associated Press.

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A police car blocks the entrance to Standley Lake HIgh School, where classes were cancelled after an apparent suicide attempt by a student, in Westminster, Colo., Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. Police say a 16-year-old boy was critically injured after setting himself on fire at the suburban Denver high school.

A Westminster Police Department spokeswoman said it was not known whether the student made any threats or statements before setting himself on fire, which was extinguished by an adult.

No additional details about the injured student or the cause of the fire were released. "Our focus now is making sure the kids are safe," she added.