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Experiment may have irritated students' eyes

POSTED: March 2, 2013 12:15 a.m.
 

Four Dave’s Creek Elementary School students complained of eye irritation after a science experiment Thursday, school system officials confirmed.

Forsyth County Schools spokeswoman Jennifer Caracciolo said the students “became irritated around their eye area” during an in-school activity focused on science.

“Of those four students, one boy went home with his parents and the three female students were transported to Northside Hospital-Forsyth, where they were evaluated and released to their parents,” she said.

According to Caracciolo, the principal and assistant principal were at the hospital with the students.

The field trip was led by a private company that conducts science experiments in schools. Caracciolo said Thursday’s experiment was on temperature change.

Students added different chemicals to water, using a thermometer to track the change in temperature. She said the chemical being used when the students reportedly experienced eye irritation was calcium chloride.

The children were not wearing protective eyewear, said Caracciolo, adding that it’s “our understanding that the company did not require goggles for this experiment.”

The company, which she said many local schools have used for years, had been on campus since Tuesday, running the experiment with three third-grade classes each day. The incident Thursday happened during the second of three classes.

 

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