I remember art class and rarely was it dangerous. If we were working with sharp scissors or chisels, that could be risky, but most of our other projects were only dangerous if we poked each other with sharp pencils or something like that.
Sadly, that isn’t always the case though, as a teenager in the United Kingdom and her teachers discovered over two years ago. In January 2007, a 16-year-old girl went to make a plaster of paris model of her hands. To do so, she placed her hands in the bucket of plaster. What she – and apparently her teachers – didn’t know was that large amounts of this plaster get very hot, up to 140 degrees Fahrenheit (60 degrees Celsius). Water boils at 212 degrees Fahrenheit and body temperature is 98.7 degrees.
The plaster set around the girls hands and fingers so her teachers could not get it off. She suffered severe burns to her fingers, said news reports, and had to have all but two amputated after 12 surgeries.
The news came out this week because a court in the U.K. awarded the girl 19,000 pounds, which is a little over 30,000 U.S. dollars.