St. Catharine Students Burned By Experiment

Sr. Patricia Wolf (c), St. Catharine Academy president, briefed the media on the students’ conditions following the incident.
Photo by Edwin Soto

Four St. Catharine Academy students are recovering after a science experiment went wrong. School president Sr. Patricia Wolf said a teacher was performing a demonstration in chemistry lab using a flame and alcohol during first period on Wednesday, November 28 at 8:45 a.m. when the flame grew bigger than expected and singed four students’ faces like a sunburn. The sophomores were taken to Jacobi Medical Center with minor burns and at least one student suffered respiratory injuries. They are expected to make a full recovery. A hazmat crew responded to the scene and determined there was no contamination and danger to other students. The victims’ families were immediately notified and all other families received a text alert within a hour of the incident. The school remained opened and classes resumed during fourth period. School officials said the teacher involved has been with the school for three years, has a lot of experience in the chemistry lab and is distraught over the accident. Photo by Edwin Soto

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