Teen dies of self-inflicted burns


A 14-year-old boy died at a local hospital late Tuesday night after being found in the morning with serious, apparently self-inflicted burns at his junior high school in Akita Prefecture, police said.

Police suspect that the third-year student at Ugo Junior High School, located in the town of Ugo, had tried to commit suicide by setting himself afire with ethanol.

He was pronounced dead at 11:24 p.m. at the hospital, where he had been taken for treatment of serious burns, mainly to his abdomen and thighs.

Authorities said they found what appeared to be a suicide note written by the youth on a rack in a classroom, as well as a bottle of ethanol in the corridor where he was found.