A chemistry experiment gone awry resulted in at least one severely injured student at Westside High School on 103rd Street.
First Coast News has confirmed that the February accident resulted in extensive second-degree burns and hospitalization of the male teenager.
The Duval County School District does not appear to have told the general public or even parents of other students who witnessed the accident. But litigation is likely pending – which could end up costing taxpayers countywide.
According to information obtained from sources and the sole public record that district officials have released, the incident happened at Westside High School on Feb. 28 during a class science experiment.
According to people familiar with the case, it occurred in the lab of chemistry teacher Asante Dean.
Dean has been chair of the school’s science department since June of 2015, according to his LinkedIn page, and has taught at the school since June 2013.
First Coast News requested the incident report, which teachers are required to file after any classroom accident. The school district refused to provide it, citing an unrelated public records exemption which applies to personnel records.
District officials also declined to say if parents were notified – including those whose kids witnessed the accident. Asked for any notice sent home, school district officials cited FERPA -- a federal exemption designed to protect students academic and discipline records...We will see if this ends up being related to an alcohol fire. We're about due for the first one of 2018...