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Mercury Scare Puts 1200 Vegas Students In Overnight Lockdown

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Mercury Scare Puts 1200 Vegas Students In Overnight Lockdown

2016-09-09 11:05:081 Oct 2018 01:53 AM EST


After the discovery of a small amount of mercury led federal officials to keep more than a thousand students for up to 17 hours to screen them for exposure to the neurotoxin, hundreds of anxious parents staked out a Las Vegas middle school.
According to Clark County School District police Capt. Ken Young, authorities were investigating if a student brought the substance to Walter Johnson Junior High School on Wednesday, forcing 1,300 students, teachers and first responders to undergo testing by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
He added that it's too early to say what sort of charges or discipline could be imposed. No mercury-related illnesses have been reported.

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