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A former high school student who was left severely burned after a botched experiment in a 2014 chemistry class has tearfully told a courtroom about the struggles he's faced since sustaining his injuries.
Alonzo Yanes, who is suing the Department of Education and his teacher Anna Poole, took to the stand in Manhattan Supreme Court on Friday to reveal that he has not had sex because he believes his disfigured appearance is unattractive.
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'The way that I look, it gets in the way too much. I don’t think the scars are very attractive,' the 21-year-old told the courtroom.
Yanes sustained third-degree burns to 30 percent of his body, including his face, when he was engulfed in a fireball when Poole was conducting a 'Rainbow Experiment' at The Beacon School, a selective public prep-school located in ****'s Kitchen.
He is suing for $27 million in a civil suit.
On the stand, Yanes also revealed that he has never got used to people 'gawking' at him in the five years since the accident.
'I will never get used to that. It still hurts tremendously,' he stated.
The former student further stated that he often takes off his glasses so that he can not see people staring at him.
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'The world wasn’t very accepting of the way that I physically looked,' he said.
Yanes then painfully told the court: 'Not a single day passes by when I don’t think about my injuries or what my life would have been if I wasn’t involved in that injury.'
Thursday - Expert - Chemistry - Poole - Safety
Meanwhile, on Thursday, a expert testified that chemistry teacher Poole ignored safety protocols.
Samuella Sigmann, a professor at Appalachian State University, said that the 'Rainbow Experiment' should never have been conducted.
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