Schools in US and OZ react differently to items brought from home
Seminole High School locked down after student brings mercury-filled thermometer to class for chemistry project
Boca Ciega, Florida -- A chemistry project caused a big problem at Pinellas' Seminole High School Tuesday morning.
The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office says students were given an assignment to bring in a substance from the Periodic Table of Elements.
One student brought in mercury -- contained within a thermometer -- and the school went into lockdown.
Deputies say the thermometer was discovered as the substances were checked before going through the school.
No one was put in harm's way, but a hazmat crew was there as a precaution.
Pinellas County Schools tell 10 News the students were told not to bring certain toxic elements from the periodic table, mercury included.
11-year-old Oz girl brings hand grenade to school's show-and-tell
A school in Australia was evacuated after an 11-year-old girl brought a hand grenade, which did not have a pin, to their show-and-tell.
A police bomb squad removed the device and cordoned off the area around the school after the student turned up at a morning class with the grenade, the Telegraph reported.
Police said the girl's family had received the explosive device from a friend several weeks ago and thought it was a dummy.
The grenade that has been taken for examination by Defence Force munitions experts is believed to have been an inactive device, possibly from the First World War.
The school's headmaster, Boyd Allen, said that the girl's teacher brought the grenade to him and he immediately evacuated the 450 students and 60 teachers and called the police.
"I wasn't sure if it was a dummy and I didn't want to take that chance," he said.
Allen, from the Hunter Christian School in Newcastle, said that the girl would not be punished.
"She's bewildered, embarrassed - I tried to make her aware she's not in trouble.
"She's a sweet young lady from a lovely family. She understood it to be a dummy hand grenade that had been deactivated, there was no firing pin, just the body of the grenade. It was heavy, but I assume practice grenades would weigh that much too," he said.
Police said the grenade had been inspected by Defence Force experts, who took it for testing and would probably destroy it.
"There's no doubt that it did pose a potential threat and the actions we've had today are appropriate in the circumstances," Police Inspector Gerard Lawson said.
"In a classroom, certainly if it was live and it was a fully functioning device it would cause serious injuries to all the occupants," he said.
Americans have become such wimps.
Last edited by cyberiot; 12-06-2012 at 12:41 PM.
Reason: Let's try to keep the language family-friendly, okay?