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Five pupils injured in school chemistry experiment

DDP/The Local · 9 May 2010, 13:06

Published: 09 May 2010 13:06 GMT+02:00

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The five pupils, aged between 11 and 17, suffered burns of varying severity on their hands, arms and faces after they attempted a chemistry experiment without supervision on Saturday. The accident happened at a high school in the small town of Hochspeyer.

According to a police report, the experiment resulted in an explosion, though it was initially unclear what had caused it. All the pupils were treated in hospital.

The police said that the pupils had been practising the experiment all week as part of an ongoing project, and that the teacher had also demonstrated the experiment several times on Saturday.

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16:03 May 9, 2010 by pepsionice
There's only one school in Hochspeyer...a Haupt Schule. I know because my son attended it for four years.

There's a dozen things I can say negative about the school....and one of them is that the school was kinda run in accidental mode for the whole time I was observing it. It was in terrible condition and they were finally got around to a massive renovation the last year my son was there. As he was set to graduate....they hinted that they were going to end the Haupt Schule and ship the local kids to the next town (K-town). This newly modern and renovated school was to become a upscale school for smart kids. I sat there and literally shook my head. The regional leadership had spent all the money and this was their best decision?

As for investigations that will occur....they will come to the end and observe that a unsupervised science lab is a dangerous place and has to be constantly monitored. They needed this accident to convince themselves of that? Again, it's just the management style that I continually observed.
13:19 May 10, 2010 by William Thirteen
16:29 May 10, 2010 by Der Grenadier aus Aachen
@ William Thirteen

lol methlab. Unlikely. In Germany, it would be Ecstasy tablets, if anything. No, I'm pretty sure it was just a plain chemistry lab accident.
16:50 May 10, 2010 by wood artist
It's unclear from the article whether this was supposed to be without supervision, or that the students were doing something without the knowledge of the school. Would there normally be a class on Saturday?
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