By: Erica Byfield
CALLOWAY COUNTY, Ky. - Administrators, parents and students in a heartland school district got quite a scare. Federal and state EPA investigators found mercury on a bus, in the school and on children.
At one time you could find mercury just about everywhere like in thermometers and thermostats. Now, it's not as common but one child found a lot of it on his grandmother's shelf. "A grandparent had some mercury in what looks like a small aspirin bottle for many years," said Calloway County Schools Public Information Officer David Dowdy.
Somehow the little bottle made its way on to a school bus and inside Calloway County Middle School. "It was slivery like a ball and splashed everywhere," said eighth grade student Chelsea Snyder. "We have located that bottle, unfortunately there's not too much mercury left in it," added Dowdy.
Chelsea said she actually played with the mercury in class on Friday (November 3rd), "I'm not going to touch it again." Lee Ann Myers, her mom, said after hearing about the spill she did a little research, "we found out that it can be very deadly and it's dangerous and it stays with you forever and it's easy to transport around."