Thursday, March 02, 2006

Teen Dumps Mercury On Girls Leaving School

Two female students had to be decontaminated Wednesday after a teenager dumped liquid mercury on them, KMBC-TV in Kansas City, Mo., reported.

The girls were leaving William Chrisman High School in Independence when a teenage boy in a car poured the mercury into their hands, the station reported.

The girls ran into the school for help. A teacher put the mercury into a test tube and the girls were cleaned off.

Classes had been dismissed for the day, but eight teachers had to be checked for contamination.

"This is a strange situation for us. It's certainly something we do not plan on or prepare for. The girls had enough information to know mercury is a serious substance, so they contained it to their hands and walked it into a science classroom," Superintendent Jim Hinson said.

Several hours later, police found a mason jar containing two pounds of mercury inside a truck in the 5400 block of Bennington Avenue in Kansas City.

Independence police told the television station that a teenager who attends William Chrisman is responsible.

He was picked up for questioning, but he was not arrested.

Police said it is not illegal to possess mercury.



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