Two Teens Charged In Playground Acid 'Spill'

United States
April 17, 2007 2:54pm CST
"ESSEX, Md. -- Two teenagers were charged with breaking into a school and pouring on acidic drain cleaner on playground equipment that later burned a 2-year-old boy on a slide, Baltimore County police said Tuesday. The two 16-year-old boys were charged Monday night with reckless dangerment and second-degree burglary and released to their parents, officals say. A school resource officer learned about the first juvenile, which police said led them to the second, who was arrested later. Their names were not released. The industrial cleaner, which has a high concetration of sulfuric acid, was removed from a storage facility at Victory Vila Elementary School and splashed over the school's playground eqipment, police said. The 2-year-old, Peyton Potochney, suffered second- and third-degree burns, mostly on his legs, after he down down a side. His mother, Carol Duschl, has said the little boy likely will be hospitalized for several weeks." - Google News; A lot of schools open up the playground to the nearby public. My elementary school did that, letting parents and their kids play on the jungle gym during after school hours. Which probably explains why the kid was on the school's slide in the first place. Not to mention that the kid (or anyone else) probably assumed it was water. (It rained in Maryland a few days ago. I would know as I live here. =D_ I'm shocked. How could -anyone- do this? This is something that you see flashed on a television or movie screen. What are your thoughts? Opinions? ( Apparently one happen in Texas and the other in Maryland. April is just full of tragic events.)
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• United States
17 Apr 07
What were they thinking? I just get so scared when teens do things like this because if we all think about it, they are our future. When we are old and decrepit, we will be relying on today's youth to care for us. They seem just so untouched by the things they are doing. It is sad that we are going to get to a point where playgrounds have to be guarded and locked up. As for the little one and his family...well, of course my heart goes out to them.