Parents put a lot of trust in the staff members of a public school, who have a duty to keep children safe while on school premises. When an injury does occur, it can be difficult to sue for compensation. This is because public schools are government entities and are protected to a certain extent by governmental immunity. The exceptions are if a teacher acted in a way that violated a school or county policy and those actions subsequently led to the injury of a child. Parents also only have a year to bring about action against a county school system. In city school systems, parents only have six months.
WSB TV reports that a 15-year-old Dekalb County school student was burned in a chemistry experiment at a high school.
15-year-old Malachi McFadden is at Grady Memorial Hospital’s burn unit after he sustained 2nd and 3rd degree burns during a chemistry class experiment.
McFadden’s sister told media that her brother is in a lot of pain, but they are hopeful that his burns will fully heal. She shared pictures of his burns so that people could see the extent of his injuries.
Redan High School acknowledged the incident on Tuesday morning, which was just the second day of school. McFadden told his sister that his chemistry teacher was trying to do a chemistry experiment, but it caught fire. The teacher then tried to douse the flames in what she thought was water, but it turned out to be alcohol.
McFadden said that it felt like a torch was burning is face, neck, arms, and hand.
The school district is investigating the accident.
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