Teenager Burned During Chemistry Experiment at High School in DeKalb County, Georgia
DEKALB COUNTY, GA. – According to an online news report posted at wsbtv.com, a teenager was burned during a chemistry experiment at a high school in DeKalb County, Georgia. School officials have not released information on the cause of the accident but say an investigation is underway to determine whether safety protocols were violated.*
The incident occurred on the second day of school for Redan High School in DeKalb County. According to family members, a 15-year-old boy was in chemistry class, and an experiment the teacher was performing caught on fire. The family says that the teacher tried to throw water on the fire, but the liquid she used was alcohol. The teacher was not identified in the report.
The boy sustained burn injuries to his face, neck, arms, and hand, according to the report. His burns were described as first- and second-degree. The family says that he is being treated in the burn unit at Grady Memorial Hospital and is in tremendous pain. The family members say, however, that they are hopeful he will make a full recovery.
Reporters asked the high school if the family’s account of the events was accurate and the chemistry teacher accidentally threw alcohol onto a fire. They were told that an incident did occur, and an investigation is underway. No additional information was released.
Redan High School Principal Janice Boger reportedly sent an email out to parents on the day of the accident that read in part:
“During a Chemistry experiment, a student was burned from a flame. EMS was called to the scene to provide medical services to the student. Let me take this opportunity to assure you that providing a safe and secure learning environment is a top priority at Redan High School. This is an isolated incident and all safety measures will be reviewed.”
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