When most of us were young kids and were in school, science experiment day was usually the funnest one of the week.
However, it seems that people were more willing to take careful steps to make sure that nobody got hurt.
One science teacher that I had would actually record the experiment at home and then bring it in to make sure that no students at all got anywhere close to being hurt.
When a thirteen-year-old boy heard the rumors that his science teacher was going to conduct an experiment in class, he was thrilled. Experiments were some of the most fun things about the science class. That’s why the student Priest Rivera got up close to watch the experiment unfold.
However, things did not go according to plan, and now Rivera’s family is filing a lawsuit against the school district because the boy was left severely burned and disfigured when the teacher botched the experiment.
The family of the injured boy officially filed a complaint against the Encinitas Union School District in California’s state court last Monday. The family is seeking an unspecified amount of damages to help cover the boy’s through-the-roof medical bills and the psychological and physical trauma he endured as a result of the horrible error.
The complaint said that Feinberg “recklessly” performed the dangerous experiment. She through together baking soda, sugar, sand, and then introduced that mix to an open flame. A “carbon snake” was supposed to rise out of the mix. Instead, Rivera was burned to a crisp.
At first, her experiment failed her. The “snake” did not rise from the mix as she suspected. So the teacher upped the ante. She poured more alcohol onto the mixture like it was spring break and then produced a “loud pop and an explosion.” A “flame jet burst from the mixture, engulfing Rivera” in the scorching hot fire.
Rivera was immediately consumed in fire. His skin, hair, and clothing were all burning. And the teacher had forgotten all safety measures to put out a potential fire. She didn’t have a fire blanket nor a fire extinguisher.
Rivera was rushed to the local hospital to have his “excruciating” burns treated. He kept going in and out of consciousness because of the pain. The damage proved to be irreversible. The boy will never look the same again.