Thirteen-year-old T. Venkatesh alias Mareeswaran of Arumuganeri succumbed to burns sustained when he allegedly set himself ablaze. The boy’s family claimed that he took the extreme step after he was scolded in school.

Venkatesh was studying VII standard in K.A. Higher Secondary School, Peyanvilai.

Referring to a complaint lodged by the Venkatesh’s mother Gajalakshmi (40), Inspector of Police T. Parthiban said the boy was frustrated after a social science teacher scolded him for not doing homework on Thursday.

He was admitted to the Tuticorin Government Hospital with 60 per cent burns, where he died, hospital sources said. K.T.J. Prakash, school secretary, said the teacher had only rebuked Venkatesh.The school was closed on Friday to mourn the boy’s death, Mr. Prakash said.