Vegas school reopens after 1/4 cup of mercury is cleaned up

Posted September 13

Mike Barton, chief student achievement officer for Clark County School District, speaks to reporters in front of Johnson Junior High School in Las Vegas, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, regarding the cancelation of Monday classes at the school. (Chitose Suzuki/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)

— A Las Vegas middle school is back in session nearly a week after a mercury discovery forced more than 1,000 students into a quarantine that lasted overnight.

The Clark County School District said Tuesday that students are back at Walter Johnson Junior High School.

A few dribbles of the neurotoxin were first found on campus Wednesday morning, prompting a hazmat situation that lasted until 5 a.m. Thursday.

It was the largest decontamination effort in the history of the school district and Las Vegas fire department.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says the cleanup effort has yielded more than a quarter cup of the element.

Officials say the campus has been fully decontaminated though they're still investigating how the mercury got to the school.


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