BARBECUE PIT EXPLOSION: Living Skills teacher is investigated for causing the blast which scalded 20 students and himself
KUALA LUMPUR: POLICE have begun questioning teachers, parents and students over the explosion which injured 20 students of SMK Seri Mulia, Cheras, here, on Friday.
To date, six police reports have been lodged by parents whose children were scalded after a teacher had allegedly poured thinner into a barbecue pit while the students were standing nearby.
Cheras deputy police chief Superintendent Abdul Rahim Hamzah Othman said the case had been classified as negligent conduct with respect to any fire or combustible matter.
"We will be recording the statements of all those involved, including the teacher who allegedly poured thinner into a barbecue pit which triggered the explosion."
On Friday, the Form Four and Five students, as well as a teacher, had started a fire in a barbecue pit in the school compound at 9.45am. The teacher then poured the liquid, which was in a five-litre can, onto the fire to make the flames stronger. The action caused an explosion and 20 students and the male teacher, who taught Living Skills at the school, were scalded.
They were rushed to Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Hospital where most of them received outpatient treatment. Three students who suffered serious injuries are warded in the burns victims unit.
Their parents were upset with the school authorities for not offering any help or explanation over what had happened.
An official from Kuala Lumpur Federal Territory Education Department said they had called for a meeting with the school authorities and the parents.
"We are more concerned about the welfare of the students and looking at ways to help them."
The spokesman said the teacher was still carrying out his duties at the school pending investigations.
"We have to get the story from all sides before deciding on the next course of action."