Boys set classmate on fire for his 15th birthday

June 4th, 2009 - 7:08 pm ICT by IANS  

Lima, June 4 (EFE) A boy, who was doused with gasoline and set on fire by some classmates to ‘celebrate’ his 15th birthday, remains in grave condition at a hospital in southern Peru, a media report said.
Bruno Paolo Fernandez Suarez turned 15 Tuesday and five of his classmates at the Salesianos Don Bosco high school in Arequipa, 1,000 km south of Lima, took him to a nearby park after school was over for the violent birthday ritual.

Instead of the usual tradition of cracking eggs on the birthday boy’s head or drenching him in water, Fernandez’s classmates doused him in gasoline and set him on fire, El Comercio newspaper reported.

They apparently used gasoline they had taken from a school workshop.

Fernandez was administered emergency first aid by firefighters and then rushed to a nearby hospital with severe burns on his face, arms and legs.

Hospital’s director, Oscar Morriberon, said Fernandez’s life was at risk because the burns cover over 40 percent of his body.

Three of the five classmates involved in the burning have been taken into custody and a family-court prosecutor has launched an investigation.

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