Teen hospitalized after teacher allegedly burns skin

MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – Melissa Welch came to school Wednesday morning with the battle scars of a wannabe beautician.

Welch, 14, said she didn’t mind the red hair dye on her hands, face and neck. But, she said, her teacher at West Shore Middle School did.

In an attempt to clean her up, Welch said her teacher — after an online query — used Mr. Clean MagicEraser bath scrubber, possibly with some bleach.

“I don’t know exactly what it was (sprayed on) but then she started scrapping it and it burned really bad,” Welch said.

According to the product’s package, the sponge is designed to get out tough stains. It says do not use on the skin as it will likely cause abrasions.

Welch’s father Edgar Evans said his daughter received treatment for the burns at Milford Hospital, where she spent three or four hours with an IV in her arm.

School officials say they “have been in contact with the student’s family to check on the student’s welfare.”

Evans is seeking to press criminal charges against the middle school teacher. But on Thursday, he said Milford police refused to take a report.

AJ Walker reporting

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