A student has been arrested for setting his teacher on fire. The 15-year old is accused of assaulting his teacher, Gabriela Penalba while her back was turned as she entered into the classroom. The teacher, just 23-years old, was set on fire when the student used a lighter to set her hair and shirt ablaze.
Fortunately, the teacher was not harmed, since the other students rushed to her aid. But after it happened, the student tossed the lighter out the window and ran away from police when they arrived on the scene. But the police caught up with him, and he confessed to what he’d done. The student is now in juvenile detention and being charged with aggravated assault and evading arrest.
Penalba teaches Science and Physiology at Knoxville West High School. Melissa Ogden, a spokeswoman for Knox County Schools, told MailOnline that the teacher is in her first year. This is a rough welcome to the world of teaching.
This leads us to the next question: Do you think that kids are less disciplined today than ever before? Why is that? There are some who advocate that teachers should carry guns to class to protect themselves from students. Wouldn’t this just make the problem worse? What about armed guards instead?