Pray for Vince: Standley Lake student in critical condition after setting himself on fire at school

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At 7:30 a.m. this morning, Standley Lake High in Westminster will open, but only for those students who left something behind or would like to speak to a counselor about the horrific events that closed the school yesterday. That's when a troubled sixteen-year-old reportedly drank a water bottle full of bleach and set himself on fire. The teen, who's been identified by media organizations and numerous posters on social media as Vince Nett, remains in critical condition at an area hospital. Photos, videos and details about this sad, shocking story below.

At 7:12 a.m. yesterday, according to the Westminster Police Department, officers received reports about a fire inside the high school, located on the 10400 block of Holland Street.

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An image from the scene, from 7News coverage.
Both police and fire staffers rushed to the scene, where they learned that a teenage boy, Nett, had stepped into the cafeteria and set himself on fire. The burns he suffered were severe, with 7News estimating that they cover 80 percent of his body.

The fire was put out by a custodian, using a fire extinguisher. A woman who works at the school suffered a minor injury when breaking the glass case that held the extinguisher. Otherwise, the only person hurt was Nett, who police believe was trying to commit suicide and didn't intend to harm anyone else.

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Another look at Standley Lake after yesterday's incident.
An estimated sixty students were in the cafeteria at the time.

A friend of Nett's who spoke with 9News says she only started noticing worrisome behavior within the past week. But his Facebook page features a number of graphics that are positively heartrending when viewed in retrospect.

Here's one that was posted this past September....

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...and here's another from that same month:

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Still, it was a Facebook message only shared with his friends that was especially alarming.

Continue for more about the suicide attempt at Standley Lake High School yesterday, including additional photos and videos.


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DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

OMG! ... they killed Kenny! ... you bastards!!



Amber James
Amber James

Ty for the response! That stroke I had does make me dependent on meds that cause weight gain. Bummer right? Crazy enough my stroke was caused by a dissection that occurred by a cough. Yes a cough. Not weight or birth control. VAD strokes are shockingly common on young people....like depression. Ass troll=)

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

More like validation, which is exactly what these very DWEEBS seek. Why should the medical establishment waste resources that would be beneficial to those who truly have mental health issues?

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

Clearly, you could benefit from some intermittent starvation.

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

Interestingly enough, the vast majority of these terroristic threats target these very predominately pearly white schools in suburbia. Go figure.

shadowsdestiny
shadowsdestiny

Isn't there some kind of confidentiality that is supposed to be kept for minors? Why is the media disclosing his name and photo if he is only 16? I don't get it.

mj0681
mj0681

Firefighters say seeing someone on fire is the most horrific thing they have ever seen, and will never get that image out of their head. This person you all are praying for, wanted OTHERS to have this horrific vision and "smell of his burning flesh" (in which he wrote) lingering in their minds. A unfathomable memory permanently with witnesses from now on because HE couldn't cope with his life. It's like the blind leading the blind with you ignorant churchgoers! Stay in your cult and stop tell others they are heartless because they see the reality in life! And you kiddies that agree don't know any better. Go grab your blankies; you don't have enough experience for this level of dialogue!

Handy Wipe
Handy Wipe

If you are feeling like this young man was, please realize for every loud mouthed, dark hearted jerk who bullies or taunts you there are thousands who care what you are going through. Sadly, we are usually quietly going along with our lives and sometimes we are blind to your pain. It's not because we don't care. We're busy working and scraping by and keeping our own pins up in the air. But, oh, how that fails you! And then one of you does the unthinkable and we're transfixed again by the fact that the world is still cruel and we haven't made you the priority you DESERVE to be and the ones of us who know how to feel pain share yours. The ones who'll be that loud, constant voice in your head are the ones who revel in making your pain visible, while they mask theirs behind their evil, snarky, twisted words and deeds. But please be srrong! Remember there are legions of us quietly (oh, too quietly) rooting for you. When I was young I was an incest survivor. The kids at school knew I was different and I was bullied. I didn't know what to be. I only knew what NOT to be. And now, in my 50s, I choose to be kind. I choose to ignore hate. I choose to believe in you. If you are reading this thread and feel cut by the remarks of the bullies please remember the quiet legions who DO care about you.

Vicky Nokes
Vicky Nokes

I'm so saddened that life got so bad for this kid that he felt he had to resort to this . And, any others that try & either fail or succeed. I do hope that he recovers from this & gets the help that he obviously needs!

Sterling Meeks Isatool
Sterling Meeks Isatool

I didn't mean that folks sorry...Just found out my final fantasy game froze and I didn't save my character at level 7

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

Many of those often bash others in various social media outlets such as Lamebook or elsewhere on the Interwebz for exhibiting the very same behavioral patterns as this guy did are now the same ones demanding "compassion" for this DWEEB. Fuck him. He was emotionally weak, not mentally ill or incompetent. Now, had he actually claimed a victim or two...or two dozen...the vast majority (probably all of you) would be demanding this DWEEB's head on a platter much like JAMES EAGAN HOLMES. Let the butthurt flow.

Joose Jenkins
Joose Jenkins

Dude wanted to die. Praying for him is a dick move.

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

"He didn't hurt anybody but himself." So what's the problem, again?

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

"Act; don't pray." Hmm. Be careful. You just might getting more than what you bargained for. Some may misinterpret that a "call to arms," much like what KARL PIERSON or JARED LOUGHNER did.

Rob Jump
Rob Jump

Screw him! If he doesn't value his life, why should anyone else???? Like we need another pathetic emo looking for attention walking around.

Bo Hughes
Bo Hughes

We have been shocked here in Texas at how easily accessible mental health and health care in general is to get. Even though we "fall between the cracks" of most health programs in America, here in Texas we have gotten help for everyone in our household at little or no co-pays and no monthly payments. I know this place is backwards in many aspects to the way Coloradans think and I miss that, but, if we were still in the square state Lori might not be with us. I am grateful that the groups in this state put so much emphasis on taking care of everyone and not just the people who are elderly or have children. Even our 32 years old housemate who just moved here was able to obtain medical care, see a doctor and get medication for $15.

Miki Hokey
Miki Hokey

I find it sad that students are expressing their concern after the fact. It seems that not many cared for him before this incident, but now they act like they were all this young man's best friend. I wish the best for this young man and hope his recovery (physical and mental) leads him to a brighter place in his life.

Stan Salazar
Stan Salazar

Is he already in San Antonio, Texas at the nations best burn center?

Tammy Johnson Morin
Tammy Johnson Morin

I agree Christine. We wonder why the youth have such issues. Look at the compassion pouring out on this feed. A true testimony to why we are in the shape we are in. My family will continue to have compassion for all that are affected by this tragedy, including many of my daughters friend( witness's of the incident), the staff at Stanley Lake, Vince and his Family. If you feel differently then may you be strong enough to cope on your own, if you are personally touched by a tragedy like this. You truly reap what you sow.

Amber James
Amber James

My first comment was filled with typos. I hope he gets the help he needs. I agree with starving the troll. Ass

Joshua Isaiah Gelo
Joshua Isaiah Gelo

Exactly, he has been talkin about this for years, what if he did get a chance to hurt others? Talk is that after he did run around trying to grab others. I pray for the children, staff and everyone else who experienced this. An as for blaming parents well they live with them, these are our kids, we had so we must be in there life's 24/7 no matter how much they wine an cry about it. This was a horrible incident but the others are the ones who need the sympathy..... My opinion, not yours.

Tyler Custer
Tyler Custer

Why are praying for this selfish little shit. He traumatized a bunch of kids. He should have just done the deed alone with no one around. I hope they use sand paper as medical dressing.

mj0681
mj0681

How can ANY of you say he didn't harm anyone else??? What's the response for seeing someone in peril... Just stand and watch them suffer? Kids might not have been physically harmed, but those who saw were MENTALLY harmed. Some of you are excusing/defending him because you feel sorry for him.....what about those students that saw his burning body?? Where is your empathy for them? The mental struggle he didn't want to deal with anymore, just permeated to those who witnessed. 


He talked about how the cafeteria would smell of his burnt flesh and he was sorry for that. Really???? He was absolutely looking for attention.  If he wasn't, he would have taken his own life in his basement.  People that do it in public, are looking for sympathy/attention. Parents are absolutely to blame in these situations.  Regardless of the cost or how HARD it is to get a counselor, if your parent is involved, they will do whatever it takes to make sure their child is stable.  There are many people in this world that are loving that disagree with these types of actions. You don't have to be inhumane or emotionless to disagree with psychotic behavior like this. It IS sad, but lets focus on the problem... imbecile parents that don't know how to raise children.  Pull up some statistics on kids gone crazy, and see what type of parents they had.  They either have their own priorities, show the other sibling too much affection, or don't get attention at all.  How could you not know your child is hurting so bad? Especially after him posting it to the world!!!  

Laura Chrisler-Matheney
Laura Chrisler-Matheney

Seems like 'mr wonderful' up above who is so full of judgement is really nothing but an overage, bigoted has been jock. Please don't feed the troll people. He obviously has no idea what it is like to love, be kind or reach out. He is the perfect example of why young men end up feeling alienated and alone. His page is full of sports bs, hate so each towards gays and women and other redeeming things. Yes, we should reach out to every kid that not only attempt suicide, or commits a violent act like at arapahoe hs, because we as adults are failing. We are all falling short, in the cities, in the suburbs in the mountains in the plains in big cities and in small. These teens are left behind and squashed by all the pressure this world has created. Let's solve it. Let's ignore the stupidly of the ignorant and fix this.

Joseph Joman Mancuso
Joseph Joman Mancuso

The fact that you're comparing him setting himself on fire to somebody scratching their arm with a pencil is disgusting. Attention? Really? He SET HIMSELF ON FIRE.

Pam Stiffler
Pam Stiffler

I can only hope he has the blessings he needs.

Christine A. Russell
Christine A. Russell

How can you blame the parents? I'm glad for you that your life has evidently never been touched by suicide, I hope it never is.

Christine A. Russell
Christine A. Russell

I'm at a loss for words, I looked at this expecting to see an outpouring of compassion and see this poor kid being attacked. Did you all read the story? Nobody else was hurt by his actions. The school didn't burn down. This young man has a long terrible road to recovery ahead of him, not only for his horrific burns but for his mental well being. My thoughts are with Vince and his family.

Joshua Isaiah Gelo
Joshua Isaiah Gelo

He's been posting this shit on fb for years. No one cared then, my blame is on parent's in these type of situations.

Heather Quinby
Heather Quinby

There is no "cry for help" in self immolation. This young man meant business. I feel so much sadness for him and the kids who witnessed this. I feel so much sadness for the people posting negative comments on here because they are perpetuating this callous mindset of depression and will probably never understand or care to fix the failing system we have. Even with premium healthcare counseling is hard and costly to obtain. Mental health parity laws are not enforced. Who knows what this young man's life was like. To speculate is unnecessary and not helpful... Only hurtful to him, his family and the kids at that school. Please monitor what you say. Those children may read this... Other people who are suffering from depression with suicidal thoughts might read this.

Eric Valles
Eric Valles

Im not an insensitive asshole simply put if he was troubled and wanted help its there if suicide was a way out cool but to do it in a school cafeteria I other peoples well beings were at stake was utterly asinine !

Eric Valles
Eric Valles

Kids lol each other over gangs and drugs and senseless acts of violence to each other...not one random kid showing up to school and killing dozens of random random random random little or nothing to do with them just becuase they are angry at the world...hell I would be much more scared going to a white suburban school where people are divided in clicks of jocks who're nerds geeks Goths emos and so on

Chade Robertson
Chade Robertson

Wow this world is fucked up! People like you as holes above need to fall off this earth.

Joseph Joman Mancuso
Joseph Joman Mancuso

Assuming that kids have instant access to affective mental health services when these things continue to happen is flat-out ignorant. Just because YOU weren't suicidal in high school doesn't mean you have one shred of a clue how hard it is for these kids to get what they need.

noctis_vigilens
noctis_vigilens

In spite of your crudeness..your argument is not entirely without merit. I don't allow myself to get emotionally involved ether way in such matters, because lack of objectivity biases one towards making rounded, evidence based conclusions.


Given the limited amount of information provided to make an assessment of the Case, others immediately begin to either attack or sympathize with the subject and allow emotion to rule over reason. For many, it's a way to make sense of what is essentially senseless.


There is a certain element of social (and perhaps institutional) retaliation involved in his actions considering the manner in which he chose to commit the act. It seems (on the surface) he was trying to make a statement of some kind against "the mass, people-sheep, authority figures etc." The fact that he chose a crowded cafeteria full of people indicates that he wanted attention/recognition, and decided to go to an area where he would likely gain a wide audience to witness his deed. (perhaps for shock value.)


It is what it is, and I don't condone, OR sympathize with his actions. Though I do salute the fact that he chose to hurt himself, and not any other innocent bystanders like many of your mass murderer types do.




bonnilass
bonnilass

And may you find in your darkest, lowest, loneliest, most horrific moment of your life...complete abandonment and rejection. ENJOY

mj0681
mj0681

Why are people saying he didn't hurt anyone but himself???

jj91
jj91

People like you are pathetic. You are lucky to not experience a mental hell, for no reason. To wake up every morning with the inability to feel happiness, to feel anything but misery and pain. You are lucky that you're mind isn't working against you. Some people feel alone in this world, and it hurts. They try everything to relate to those around them, but they feel like they are simply watching a movie, that nothing is real. You are a terrible person. These people are lost, alone, and suffering. They can't help it. And it's awful that so many resort to ending their lives because it's the only way they feel they can escape such a hell. It's not always that they "don't value their life", it's that they can't handle it because it hurts to exist. If only you could experience this for a week, then maybe you would understand. I do, I have experienced these emotions and this hellish mind-set for so long that I can't even remember the beggining, but it doesn't mean I don't value my life. Suicide isn't for fucking attention, you fucking douche. Use your brain a little and stop focusing on your muscles for a bit, you knuckle-dragging, heartless meat-head.

mj0681
mj0681

Would you have been as compassionate if YOUR child saw or smelled his burning body and was mentally affected by that? How can you say no one was hurt by his actions?? FOOL. Hopefully you don't have children... 

mj0681
mj0681

It's not the failing system; it's the failing parents.  Systems can not be put in place and then expect to control the masses.  The ones reproducing should be held accountable. A shame you speak so adamantly about things you do not know.

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