REPORT: Chemistry teacher ‘froze in pure shock’ after botched experiment set teen on fire

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Atlanta, Georgia — A teacher presenting a flashy demonstration to get her students excited about chemistry made a mistake that caused a fire to burn “out of control” and seriously injure a student, says a report released Wednesday. The high school teacher, Bridgette Blowe, “froze in pure shock” when it grew out of control, spread across the desk and set her student — in the front row — on fire, according to students and staff, CBS Atlanta affiliate WGCL-TV reports.

Staff and students said the student, 16-year-old Malachi McFadden, had his head down and didn’t see the flame coming. He suffered third-degree burns on his face, neck and torso and was hospitalized after the botched “burning money demonstration,” which happened at Redan High School, just outside Atlanta, on the second day of his junior year, his lawyers said.

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On Wednesday, his lawyers released a report by an investigator for the DeKalb County school system that uses witness statements from students and teachers to piece together what happened August 6. They say Blowe didn’t provide protective equipment or advise the boy to stand 10 feet away, as mandated, WGCL-TV reported.

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  1. Quercus November 7th, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    Sounds like a tragic accident. But one has to wonder if the student had had his head up and was paying attention, would he have been able to move out of the way.


    • Donna Kay Wright November 7th, 2019 at 11:11 pm

      The student may have been listening and looking at his textbook or taking notes. The story doesn’t provide a length of time that the student’s head was down … maybe it was for only a few seconds. How long did it take for that flame to cross to him and set him on fire? This is a child you are talking about, one who was burned due to the negligence of a teacher – so why bash the victim?


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