Vincent Nett, a student at Standley Lake High School, located in a northwest suburb of Denver, died Sunday afternoon, two weeks after setting himself on fire, reports The Associated Press
The fire happened at 7:12 a.m on Monday Jan. 27. A custodian used a fire extinguisher to quash the flames.
Nett was taken to the hospital with burns covering 80 percent of his body, leaving him in critical condition. He reportedly poured an accelerant over himself before lighting the fire, according to the AP.
The student did not threaten anyone else and authorities believe the incident was an attempt at suicide, reported KKTV
. No other students were hurt.
“There is no indication that there were any threats to any schools,” Cheri Spottke, a spokesperson for the Westminster Police Department told KKTV.
Classes were cancelled and the school was evacuated. Classes resumed on Wednesday, Jan. 29.
Nett posted a suicide message on Facebook, explaining that no one else was to blame and he had been contemplating suicide for years, reported KKTV. He also posted a line in a string of other troubling comments on Sept. 30 that might have served as a warning: “Maybe if I hit my head on my desk enough times I’ll die,” reported Fox31.
He also wrote, "Sometimes the person who tries to keep everyone happy is the most lonely person. So never leave the person alone, because they'll never tell you."
“I’m just really heartbroken. I really don’t’ know who would not be heartbroken,” said Beth Ann Harris, a friend of Nett.
“We’re going to be talking to students, other faculty members and family members to try to determine what was going on with this student,” Spottke said.