A Bakersfield, CA man set a Christmas tree on fire then draped an American flag over his shoulders, poured gas on himself and caught on fire himself.. This was all apparently in protest of the Kern High School District's board vote on Thursday to change the names of winter and spring break to Christmas and Easter break.
Police arriving on the scene said the man had a sign that read "Fuck the religious establishment and KHSD."
Seeing the flames, Sheriff's Deputy Lance Ferguson grabbed a fire extinguisher and ran to the man.
Flames were devouring a Christmas tree next to the Liberty Bell, where public events and demonstrations are common.
The deputy ordered the man to drop to the ground as he and a parole agent sprayed him with fire extinguishers.
"The man stood there like this," the deputy said with his arms across his chest and his head bent down, "Saying no, no, no."
The man suffered first degree burns on his shoulders and arms, Milam said.
I'm thinking this guy had a few more problems than just the school board's vote, but that's just me.