Middle school student splashes sulphuric acid in south China, 18 burned

13:57, April 11, 2010      

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Eighteen students in a middle school in south China's Guangdong province are suffering from different degrees of burns after one student threw sulphuric acid to them, local authorities said Saturday.

A student surnamed Cai in Jiadong Middle School in Lufeng city, splashed sulphuric acid he had with him to a group of students during a quarrel, injuring 18, at around 8 a.m. Friday.

Of the 18 victims, five were sent to hospitals in Shantou city for treatment, seven mildly burned are being treated in a local hospital and another six have been sent home after brief treatment, officials from the Lufeng publicity department said.

The five students at Shantou Central Hospital have 2 to 10 percent of their body surface area (BSA) burnt, according to doctor in charge of the treatment.

The burns of the five male students are on their faces, hands and backs. It is very likely that the burns will cause scars or malformation and the cost of orthopedic treatment could be fairly high, the doctor said.

Cai is under police custody for further investigation.



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