Support The Moscow Times!

Russian School Evacuated Over Mercury-Laced Kinder Surprise Egg

Coralie Ferreira / Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

A school in central Russia was evacuated after one of its students brought a Kinder Surprise egg containing mercury to class, prosecutors said on Monday.

Emergency officials said they had responded to a mercury spill of 20-30 grams at a secondary school in the Tula region, 180 kilometers south of Moscow.

The school’s 205 students and 18 adults were evacuated after children were found playing with the substance during recess, the prosecutor’s office in Tula region said in an online statement.

“As a result, the children spilled the substance in two classrooms,” it added.

Regional prosecutors identified the student that brought the hazardous substance as an unnamed second-grader.

Tula prosecutors ordered immediate medical check-ups of the children for possible mercury exposure and announced a preliminary inquiry into the incident.

… we have a small favor to ask. As you may have heard, The Moscow Times, an independent news source for over 30 years, has been unjustly branded as a "foreign agent" by the Russian government. This blatant attempt to silence our voice is a direct assault on the integrity of journalism and the values we hold dear.

We, the journalists of The Moscow Times, refuse to be silenced. Our commitment to providing accurate and unbiased reporting on Russia remains unshaken. But we need your help to continue our critical mission.

Your support, no matter how small, makes a world of difference. If you can, please support us monthly starting from just $2. It's quick to set up, and you can be confident that you're making a significant impact every month by supporting open, independent journalism. Thank you.

Once
Monthly
Annual
Continue
paiment methods
Not ready to support today?
Remind me later.

Read more