A former high school chemistry teacher in Illinois poured liquid nitrogen on a student during a class demonstration, burning his groin and finger, prosecutors said.
Garry Broderson, a 66-year-old former educator at Bartlett High School in suburban Chicago was found guilty of reckless conduct and endangering the health of a child in the May 2018 incident, DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said Wednesday.
“Mr. Broderson displayed extremely poor judgment when he doused a student with a dangerous chemical during a science demonstration,” the prosecutor said in a statement.
A six-person jury found Broderson guilty of both misdemeanors following a two-day trial.
The male student, who has since fully recovered, did volunteer to participate in the dangerous demonstration but believed the liquid nitrogen was only going to be poured over his chest, a spokesman for Berlin told the Chicago Tribune.
Broderson, of Carpentersville, then poured chemical on the student’s chest before dumping a larger amount onto his groin, according to Daily Herald reported.
He was initially put on administrative leave before resigning months later in July 2018. Broderson also voluntarily surrendered his teaching certificate, a district spokeswoman told the Tribune.
“We acted quickly to address the incident internally, recognizing the severity of the breach of conduct,” the spokeswoman told the newspaper in an email.
Broderson, who remains free after posting bond, is due back in court on March 18 for filing of post-trial motions or possible sentencing. He faces up to one year in jail or probation, a spokesman for Berlin’s office told The Post Thursday.