Teacher charged after student burned during experiment

Asia Moses (Photo Provided/Marion County Sheriff's Office)
Asia Moses (Photo Provided/Marion County Sheriff's Office)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A former science teacher was criminally charged after police say one of her experiments left a student burned.

According to police documents, Asia Moses turned herself in Monday to Marion County Deputy Sheriff William Benjamin. There was a felony warrant out for her arrest.

Police say Charles A. Tindley Accelerated School Chancellor Marcus Robinson contacted investigators on May 5. Robinson told them that he had just learned of an experiment in Moses’ chemistry class left a child burned. He said it happened about three weeks prior, but it had just been brought to Robinson’s attention.

Police say during their investigation and questioning of the 14-year-old victim, they found Moses poured alcohol on the student’s hand and then lit it with a grilling lighter. The victim told police the flames lasted for about six seconds, but went out when she shook her hand. The student said she did not go to the nurse or tell her parents because she was worried her teacher would get in trouble.

According to a statement from Tindley Chancellor Robinson given to News 18’s sister station WISH-TV on May 6, 2014, the teacher is no longer employed by the charter school.

“We take the safety of our students very seriously, and we are responding to the their needs as they arise,” Robinson said in the statement.

Moses is charged with child neglect and recklessness. Her bond has been set at $15,000.

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