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.
SNIP: I wonder how many of these are at the school right now?
(Psst! Mercury: A chemical element with the symbol Hg, atomic number 80)