Lawsuits detail injuries from rainbow demonstration fire in New York school

A wooden stick soaked in a lithium chloride solution glows fuschia when burned. Credit: Jillian Meri Emerson/UC Davis

A wooden stick soaked in a lithium chloride solution glows fuschia when burned. Credit: Jillian Meri Emerson/UC Davis

Three lawsuits have now been filed by families of students injured a year ago when a New York high school teacher poured methanol from a gallon container during a “rainbow” flame test demonstration. New York Post stories about the lawsuits give some details of the students’ injuries:

Alonzo Yanes suffered second- and third-degree burns on his body, head, face, neck, torso, and hands. “He’s horrifically scarred, wearing all sorts of protective clothing and a brace on his neck,” the family’s attorney, Jeffrey Bloom, told the Post. His parents are suing the city for $27 million.

Julia Saltonstall suffered first- and second-degree burns to her arm, torso, and face. Her family is suing for $10 million.

Sara Salitan has respiratory problems and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and crying fits. Court papers in this suit did not list a specific amount.

h/t Chemjobber. For a safer flame test demonstration, use wooden applicators soaked in salt solutions.

Author: Jyllian Kemsley

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