Hancock County Student Brings Mercury To School - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

09/10/03

Hancock County Student Brings Mercury To School

Traces of mercury have been found on three Hancock County School busses. At least eight students at Hancock High and Middle schools were exposed to it. No one's been hurt, but parents are being told to take the teens to their doctor.

School officials say a middle school student brought the mercury to the bus Monday. Eight students handled the mercury over the past three days. And school officials are trying to find out if more students came in contact with the substance.

Wednesday afternoon, invesigtators from the Department of Environmental Quality found traces of mercury on busses 9, 69, and 35, which serve the northern part of the county. Tests will be done at the middle and high school.

The student who brought the mercury will face disciplinary action.

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