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Melissa Welch shows Eyewitness News her second-degree burns. Melissa Welch shows Eyewitness News her second-degree burns.
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MILFORD, CT (WFSB) -

A bad dye job for one teen in Milford turned into a trip to the emergency room.

The 14-year-old Melissa Welch said she got some of the product on her face and neck and claims when she went to school, her teacher tried to get it off using a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.

The incident caused second-degree burns on Welch, she said. 

"Right here and there's a huge burn," Welch said, pointing to the burn.

The eighth-grader claims her West Shore Middle School teacher caused those burns by scrubbing the hair dye off of her face and neck with a Magic Eraser.

"It started stinging really bad," Welch said.

Before she could say "stop," her skin started getting red and burning.

Magic Eraser pads typically have chemicals in them. That's why there are warnings on the packaging not to use on skin.

Welch's father, Arthur Evans, is calling for criminal charges because she had to spend several hours in the ER.

"If my daughter went to school with those marks on her I'd be in handcuffs right now," he said. "If my daughter said 'my daddy took Mr. Clean to me,' where would I be?"

Milford Public Schools told Eyewitness News it is looking into the incident

"The well-being of our students is always our primary concern. School officials have been in contact with the student's family to check on the student's welfare," school officials said.

"I trusted her because she said she looked it up in the internet so I trusted it," Evans said.

When Eyewitness News Googled ways to remove hair dye, we immediately found similar issues with Magic Eraser pads on skin.

"My mom suggested using a Magic Eraser to get rid of it. So, she rubbed it on the big stain on my forehead and it worked a little, but now I have a burning/stinging sensation where she did it," one girl wrote on the company's website.

"I don't think the teacher was being malicious in her actions, but I'm sorry, she should know better," Welch said.

Welch's parents said the doctors want her to stay home from school for a couple of days. They're talking to an attorney and Evans is planning to talk to police about filing a complaint.

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