Lawsuit filed after student in Oak Lawn, Ill., is injured in chemistry class incident

Sept. 19, 2011
Plastic bottle explodes and student loses sight in one year, lawsuit contends

From The Chicago Sun-Times: A woman is suing her son's high school in Oak Lawn, Ill., after an explosion in chemistry class last week left him with lost vision in his left eye. The suit brought by Kimberly Mantia asserts that her 16-year-old son, Dillon, was in chemistry class at Harold L. Richards High School in Community High School District 218 when the teacher tried to perform a demonstration with a plastic bottle containing dry ice and water. As the bottle was being passed among the students, it exploded — causing severe and permanent bodily injuries to the boy’s face and hands, along with “irreparable loss” of sight in his left eye and loss of hearing. The suit contends that students were not given safety goggles even though the demonstration was “inherently dangerous.”

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