Teacher On Paid Leave After Science Experiment Burns 4

MAPLE GROVE, Minn. (WCCO) — The Maple Grove science teacher that conducted an experiment, which subsequently exploded and burned four students, has been placed on paid administrative leave.

Barb Olson, spokesperson for the Maple Grove-Osseo School District, said Mr. Matt Achor, will be on paid leave, pending the result of the school’s independent investigation of the incident last Thursday.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office is also conducting an investigation.

On Thursday, Dec. 1, four students were transported to Hennepin County Medical Center for burns after the experiment went awry at Maple Grove Junior High.

The experiment was being performed by Achor, with flammable liquid, when a fire erupted. Fifteen-year-old Dane Neuberger got the worst of it and said he could remember his face and hands being on fire.

Watch Jamie Yucca’s previous report, the day the incident happened.

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