West Texas school officials have decided to pay $30,000 in health care costs for students exposed to mercury brought to a school by an Odessa ninth-grader.
The Odessa American reported Wednesday that Ector County Independent School District trustees voted to cap the amount at $30,000 for students contaminated in the March 18 incident.
The medical costs of affected teachers at John B. Hood Junior High School are covered under workers compensation.
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Nobody was injured but as many as 70 people were taken to hospitals after exposure to the toxic element.
A boy told officials he found the mercury in a plastic bottle in an alley on the way to school. Investigators believe the student did not know the substance was mercury.
The preliminary school cleanup cost has reached $900,000.