French Teacher Dies After Setting Herself on Fire in Schoolyard

BEZIERS, France -- Police say a teacher in France who immolated herself in the school yard in front of students died Friday of her injuries, AFP reports.

The math teacher was hospitalized Thursday with third-degree burns after attempting to take her own life by walking onto the playground of a high school with a can of fuel and lighting herself on fire.

Parents and students at the scene Thursday said the 44-year-old teacher had a difficult relationship with several students in her math class who described her teaching style as too strict.

They had a meeting to clear the air Wednesday which became rowdy, AFP reports.

The teacher reportedly came to school Thursday morning with a gas can, taught a class at 9:00am local time and then, when the morning break came, walked to the center of the yard, poured the fuel on herself and set herself alight, AFP reports.