EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSParents And Students Speak To School Board About Health Concerns
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Reported by: Katy Brown
Videographer: Mike Magee, Tim Rock
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Reported: Sep. 19, 2013 10:35 PM EDT
Updated: Sep. 19, 2013 11:44 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
A possible mold situation at South Charleston Middle School has parents concerned for their children's health.
Both parents and student came out to voice their concerns at the Kanawha County School Board meeting. Parents say they are waiting to see what the school board will do to make the situation better.
Sarah Providenti, a 7th grader at South Charleston Middle School, pleaded with the board Thursday night, asking them to clean up what many believe to be mold inside the school.
"I get headaches ever day and it hurts my head really bad. I have to call [my mom] to get medicine," Sarah said. "And I haven't played soccer in a month. It's terrible."
Parents of students at the school told Eyewitness News the mold is in classrooms, hallways and the auditorium.
Sarah's parents, Kristi and John, said they had their daughter tested by an allergist. They said those test results showed Sarah was only allergic to mold.
Her parents say because this reaction Sarah is having, she's missed more than 12 days of school so far this year.
"I have to let her off every morning knowing I'm sending her to get sick," Kristi said.
Others parents like Dave Haden are also concerned.
"I am going to force them to clean up that school," Haden said, "I am more than ready to do exactly what Andrew Jackson Middle did."
During that board meeting, Haden pointed out a similar situation had happened at Andrew Jackson Middle school.
"March 26th, 2009, the parents and teachers filed a lawsuit against this board to get them to clean up the school," Haden said.
For now, the school board said it is too soon to tell if there is actually mold in the school, but they are looking into it.
"People are alleging it is mold, but nobody really knows that," Dr. Ron Duerring said. "We don't know that until we do the testing."
The board did promise the parents from South Charleston Middle that tests will be ran on Monday to determine if it is in fact mold in the school.
Once the test results are in, they said appropriate action will be taken.
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