US: Man sets himself on fire in religious protest

December 24, 2006 03:17

A man doused himself with flammable liquid and set himself afire, apparently to protest a school district's decision to change the names of winter and spring breaks to Christmas and Easter vacation, it was reported on Saturday. The man suffered first-degree burns on his shoulders and arms, Fire Department Capt. Garth Milam said. He had a sign that read "(expletive) the religious establishment and KHSD," said Kern County Sheriff's Deputy John Leyendecker. On Thursday, the Kern High School Board of Trustees had voted to change the names of the holiday breaks. The man, whose name was not released, also set fire to a Christmas tree and flags in a public area, Milam said.

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