A middle school student in Kennebunk middle school suffered second-degree burns Friday when her iPhone caught fire in her pants pocket just before a class, said her family and school officials.
The 14-year-old eighth-grader who has not been named sustained burns on one thigh and her back, and was taken to Southern Maine Health Care in Biddeford for treatment.
She had just sat down before her first-period French class Friday morning when she and her friends sitting nearby heard a pop from her Apple iPhone 5C which was in her back pocket.
The principal Jeff Rodman said, “She knew right away something was wrong and, in a panic, knew her pants were on fire caused by the cell phone.”
A group of girls gathered around the student and helped remove her clothes, while boys who were in the class were ushered outside.
According to her mother, Mrs Judy Milligan who had given her daughter the green iPhone 5C two months ago, she was shocked when she was called by the school to inform her about the incident., adding that her daughter had remained calm and even asked to go back to school after being treated in hospital.
It is not known what caused the schoolgirl’s phone to overheat.