A child’s face was doused with acid squirted from a water pistol in what is thought to have been a prank at a North Wales secondary school, it has emerged.
The corrosive liquid, hydrochloric acid, is reported to have narrowly missed the child’s eyes but left them with facial sores and in shock.
However the 15-year-old attacker, who is also a pupil at the same school which has not been named, was reprimanded with a community resolution order.
The orders, which are aimed at first time offenders where genuine remorse has been expressed, can only be given if the victim has agreed that they do not want police to take more formal action. They do not result in a criminal record.
The Sun newspaper said that the victim was also aged 15. No date was given for the attack.
A Freedom of Information report outlined the case: “Known offender has filled a water pistol with hydrochloric acid and fired it indiscriminately in a classroom and struck IP [Injured Party] just below the eye, no injury caused.”
According to the American Chemistry Council: “Hydrochloric acid is used in the production of batteries, photoflash bulbs and fireworks. It’s even used to process sugar and make gelatin.”
The acid itself is corrosive, and concentrated forms release acidic mists that are also dangerous. If the acid or mist come into contact with the skin, eyes, or internal organs, the damage can be irreversible or even fatal in severe cases.
On skin or inhaled symptoms can include itching, bleaching or darkening of skin, burning sensations, trouble breathing, coughing blood and/or tissue necrosis.
In May the Daily Post reported that although still rare the number of acid attacks across North Wales had been on the rise in the past year.
A Freedom of Information Request to North Wales Police revealed that in 2016 there were two attacks but last year the figure had jumped to 11.
Chief Supt Wayne Jones at North Wales Police said at the time the figures were released: “North Wales Police take a robust stance against any person carrying, threatening or using any form of acid or corrosive substance with intent to cause harm.”
North Wales Police said that they would not comment on the case.
Among the other attacks in North Wales was a rough sleeper who was attacked in 2016 while he slept. The 35-year-old awoke with his hands and face burning, no one has been caught for the attack.
In another case a known offender sprayed liquid nicotine from his vape into the faces of two men he was arguing with. Both men suffered minor injuries to their eyes but suffered no lasting damage.
Source : DailyPost