Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Quebec School Board Must Pay Boy Who Had Chemical Substance Poured over His Head

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Quebec School Board Must Pay Boy Who Had Chemical Substance Poured over His Head

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School board must pay boy for chemical incident

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LAVAL, Que. - A Montreal-area school board has been ordered to pay $15,000 to a student who had a corrosive substance poured over his head in a chemistry class.

The boy was 15 years old in February 2015 when a friend of his sprinkled some sodium hydroxide into his hair as a joke.

The compound can be found in products used to clear drains.

While the boy did not immediately feel anything, he later felt a burning sensation and decided to ease the pain with ice and snowflakes.

That exacerbated the situation because sodium hydroxide becomes corrosive when mixed with water.

The boy was treated in hospital every day for about six weeks and had to undergo plastic surgery. …

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