CHEMISTRY TEACHER CONVICTED OF BURNING STUDENT WITH NITROGEN

by T. C. Mayfield, The Chicago Times

WHEATON, IL — Former Bartlett High School chemistry teacher Garry Brodersen, 66, was found guilty of misdemeanor counts of reckless conduct and endangering the life of a minor.  In a horrid 2018 science class experiment, Brodersen poured nitrogen on a student causing burns to chest and groin area.

In a written statement, DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said:

“Mr. Brodersen displayed extremely poor judgment when he doused a student with a dangerous chemical during a science demonstration,”

According to court records the student had volunteered to lay on his back in a classroom experiment when Brodersen recklessly poured liquid nitrogen on his chest and then groin area.  The student had originally agreed to only have liquid nitrogen poured on his chest.  The student has fully recovered from his injuries.

Bartlett High School officials said Brodersen voluntarily resigned and surrendered his teaching certificate in June of 2018.  Brodersen will be in court March 18 for sentencing.