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"Quick Takes" Continued...

Issue: "Another dark day in America," Jan. 12, 2013

Chemical reaction

School officials triggered a lockdown at a Florida high school on Dec. 4 after a student brought an amount of mercury into the building for a chemistry project. According to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, a teacher assigned students to bring to class one of the materials found on the Periodic Table of Elements. The offending item containing mercury? A thermometer.

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