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Acid threats at summer camp

Published On: Jun 12 2014 05:19:26 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 12 2014 06:26:22 PM CDT
SEDGWICK COUNTY, Kansas -

Parents are concerned after learning a teen allegedly brought acid to camp and threatened other campers.

"I took the paper and started reading it and my jaw hit the floor," said CJ Youngblood about when she learned of what had happened. "I couldn't believe what I was reading."

Deputies say the incident happened Tuesday at the YMCA Camp Hyde day camp. Now, parents want to know how the boy got ahold of the acid and what's happening with the case.

Eyewitness News spoke with one mother who says the first thing she heard about this was when she picked up her son from day camp and a worker handed her a letter.

"I was completely shocked," said Youngblood. She says she wondered how this could happen in a group of kids ages 12 to 16.

The letter said one of the boys had brought a bottle of acid to camp and threatened to throw it on anyone who made him mad.

"So I'm just, like, how does he get ahold of this chemical?" asked Youngblood. "Why did the parents have this stuff in the first place?"

The questions started immediately. First she spoke with her 13 year old son.

"He told me it was a kid he went to middle school with and they didn't get along too well," she said. "And, at one point in time my son told me the boy that had the acid had said, 'Do you want to drink some?'"

Then she questioned the camp staff.

The YMCA told Eyewitness News camp staff turned the case over to the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Department and the boy in question is now barred from camp property.

"I think Camp Hyde and the YMCA did everything they could've done," she said.

The Sheriff's Department says the case remains under investigation at this time and no action will be taken until the investigation is completed. Because the case deals with juveniles deputies are releasing only limited information.

But Youngblood is already thinking about what she does next, as a parent.

"It's scary. It's scary," she said. "As a parent you have to tell your kid not to take drinks from someone else, even, possibly, their best friend. You never know."

According to the letter to parents, the acid the boy brought to the camp was muratic acid. That's another name for hydrochloric acid, also called spirits of salt or acidum salis. It's often used for cleaning or etching stone and obviously strong enough to cause injury to people. It's readily available at most major store chains.

The YMCA says if you have a child attending Camp Hyde this summer and have any questions, feel free to call the camp director.

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