DESOTO COUNTY, Fla.- DeSoto County Middle School will be closed again Wednesday. A student brought a small amount of the chemical element mercury on to campus Monday. And the school has been shut down ever since!
Tuesday, environmental cleanup crews were on campus to remove any contamination and make sure students and staff are safe.
"As a parent automatically you become concerned because you don't know," says Lorenzo Williams.
A scary morning for parents as local, state and federal agencies responded to an incident at DeSoto County Middle School. District leaders tell WINK News, on Monday, a student brought a small scale on campus that had mercury in it.
"There is no immediate danger, we don't think anyone is at risk... it was a very small spill, we believe less than one ounce of mercury," says Superintendent Dr. Karyn Gary.
But the Superintendent says, they didn't want to take any chances and followed instructions from the county health department to control any kind of contamination.
In addition to keeping students and staff out of the building, the Environmental Protection Agency is conducting air and environmental checks in areas that might have been contaminated.
"There's no indication that anyone has had any ill effects from the mercury," Dr. Gary adds.
Dr. Gary tells WINK News the EPA will go to the child's home as part of their investigation. But leaders say there does not appear to be any malicous intent.
Leaders say that if any parent is concerned that their child's clothing or shoes might be contaminated, you can bring those items to the DeSoto County Middle School bus loop from 7-9 Wednesday morning or 4-6 Wednesday evening. Make sure they are in a sealed bag.
Parents can check the district's website for more information.