An explosion just ripped through a Tennessee high school

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Tragedy struck Merrol Hyde Magnet School charter school in Hendersonville, Tenessee today when an explosion went off, injuring at least 17 students and a teacher according to Al Boe News. At least four students and the teacher were sent to the hospital.

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Many suffered chemical burns of varying severity. Luckily, no fatalities have been reported.

“We had a quick response. I know that’s terrifying to some of the parents at home but… your kids are safe and we’ve got the other ones transported,” a spokesperson for the school according to KHOU11.

Early reports suggest the chemical explosion was due to a science experiment that went awry inside the school laboratory. Evacuations were executed and a Hazardous Materials team was dispatched to the site to contain the situation. The exact cause of the incident is still being investigated, but foul play is not suspected right now.

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It’s telling of the current American climate that, for many, the first response when hearing about the explosion was to suspect something truly sinister. We’ve been conditioned to expect the worst. Our schools have become focal points for violence in our country, luckily doesn’t appear to be the case in this instance.

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Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.

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