Bartlett teacher to be in court Tuesday over liquid nitrogen poured on student

Updated 7/6/2018 5:36 PM

A longtime Bartlett High School chemistry teacher is scheduled to be in court Tuesday to face accusations he poured liquid nitrogen on a student's chest and groin during a science experiment this spring that left the student with burns to his groin and a finger.

Garry Brodersen, 63, of the 0-10 block of North Grove Street in Carpentersville, is free on $1,500 bail. He is charged with reckless conduct.


According to DuPage County court records and a video that purports to show the experiment, the student was lying on his back in the classroom on May 15 when Broderson poured a small amount of the smoking liquid nitrogen on the boy's chest.

After a few seconds, a much larger amount is poured on the boy's groin. The boy immediately jumped to feet in apparent pain.

Elgin Area School District U-46 offices were closed Friday and spokeswoman Mary Fergus did not immediately return an email, but officials previously said Brodersen was placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation shortly after the case came to light.

"It was meant to be poured on his chest, like, a little bit, I'm guessing for smoke effect," classmate Casper Tikarz told WGN-TV in May.

A man answering the phone at a number listed for Brodersen's address on Friday said he had never heard of Brodersen.

A voicemail message left for the victim was not immediately returned Friday. Bartlett police, who investigated the allegations, also did not return calls Friday.

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