Friday, March 12, 2021

Illinois teacher tried, convicted of pouring liquid nitrogen on a student

Well, that's a weird story (via the Chicago Sun-Times):

A former Bartlett High School chemistry teacher was found guilty Tuesday of charges alleging he injured a student during a science demonstration.

Garry Brodersen poured liquid nitrogen on a student’s chest and groin area while performing a demonstration for class on May 15, 2018, according to a statement from the DuPage County state’s attorney’s office.

The chemical caused burn injuries to the student’s groin and a finger, prosecutors said.

Brodersen, 66, of Carpentersville, was released on bond a $15,000 during the trial.

A jury deliberated for four hours after a two-day trial before finding Brodersen guilty of a count each of reckless conduct and endangering the health or life of a child.

Prosecutors statement here. I feel like it's unusual for this to reach the level of a trial? This seems a little bit odd - there must be some context missing. (Also, it seems like the decision to pour liquid nitrogen directly on a student was... unwise.) 

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