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Caldwell School Closed after Mercury Spill PDF Print
Written by Steve Frank   
Thursday, 17 May 2012 05:54

There will be lots of activity today at Whitnel School in Lenoir—just no students.  The EPA, Lenoir Fire officials and other clean-up crews will continue work started late yesterday, scrubbing down the school after a vial of mercury was spilled in a 5th grade classroom. Caldwell School officials say that the vial was not brought to the school as part of any classroom project, and that four students were most directly affected. Students at Whitnel Elementary School were evacuated shortly before 11 Whitnel Central Baptist, where their parents were told to pick up their children. The four children who were exposed were decontaminated, then taken to Caldwell Memorial Hospital for observation. Fifteen other students were in the classroom when the spill happened, but they were allowed to go home after parents brought a change of clothes for them. The clothes they were wearing at the time of the spill had to be left at the school, where they will be secured by the hazardous waste team. Officials with the EPA arrived from Atlanta to take charge of the situation, and school officials closed the school for the duration of the cleanup.

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