A juvenile girl in Virginia has been charged with setting her classmate’s hair on fire, resulting in the victim’s hospitalization with second and third-degree burns.
The event occurred during lunch at John Rolfe Middle School in Henrico, Virginia, USA, while children were eating in the classroom, according to the victim’s mother, who requested anonymity to protect her son’s identity.
When her son went to throw away his lunch box, a female classmate came up behind him and took out a lighter, flicking it near his hair.
When the mother arrived at the school after learning of the incident, her son’s shoulder-length hair had been scorched to the scalp in some parts. He also got burns on his arms and legs.
She said: “He was hysterical; he looked scared. His pride emotionally and mentally is broken.”
The boy’s mother added that the school initially didn’t want to press charges against the girl, but she insisted.
“What if this was your child, what would you be, would you be livid, would you be devastated, how would you feel? Would you feel supported by Henrico County Schools?” she told WWBT.
Now, county agencies are investigating the incident. The school district and Henrico Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office are also involved.
“You can’t just brush this under the rug and think that it’s going to just go away, It’s not. My son is severely hurt, he’s suffering and it’s not fair to me it’s not fair to him so y’all just need to be held accountable,” she said.
The Henrico Fire Marshal’s Office charged the girl with unlawful wounding. The matter will be heard in Juvenile and Domestic Court.