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LIMA — A Lima Schools teacher has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation into an experiment that injured 13 children.

Lima Superintendent Jill Ackerman would not release the name of the teacher because the incident remains under investigation. The teacher was conducting an experiment for a sixth-grade Social Studies class at North Middle School, Ackerman said.

“It was to show how cold the north Atlantic waters are the night the Titanic went down,” Ackerman said.

The experiment involves mixing salt and ice water in a bucket with a cup of unsalted water in the middle for the children to stick their hand into. Ackerman said the cup of unsalted water may have been left out.

“It seems that the directions were altered and hence the injuries,” she said.

Thirteen students suffered injuries, including what resembled chemical burns. Lima Schools recommended all 13 children seek medical attention, Ackerman said. The matter was reported to Allen County Children Services and a police report was filed.

The water temperature when the Titanic sunk was 28 degrees Fahrenheit, Ackerman said.

She said participation in the experiment was voluntary. The students were reading the book about the gigantic luxury ship that sank on its maiden voyage.

“It’s a common experiment,” Ackerman said.

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