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Carlsbad School Staff Want Answers On Why People Are Getting Sick

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Aired 5/24/10

People working at a Carlsbad school want the air, water and soil tested on campus to check if pesticides once used in the area are making them sick. State officials are gathering information to determine if there's a cancer cluster in the city.

People working at a Carlsbad school want the air, water and soil tested on campus to check if pesticides once used in the area are making them sick. State officials are gathering information to determine if there's a cancer cluster in the city.

Employees at Kelly Elementary School say an alarming number of staff and former students developed serious illnesses including cancer over the last several years. Some have died.

Jenifer Jaffe is a fourth-grade teacher at Kelly. She is in the advanced stages of a rare form of cancer called leiomyosarcoma. She says testing at Carlsbad High School in 2008 showed insecticides like arsenic, chlordane and dieldrin in the soil.

"I don't think it's too far of a leap to presume that there's a possibility to presume there are contaminants in the ground at Kelly School," Jaffe said.

School district officials say they're waiting for state investigators to determine whether the number of people who have been stricken with cancer is higher than normal before deciding whether testing should be done.

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Avatar for user 'leigh75'

leigh75 | June 9, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. ― 4 years, 6 months ago

Is it a question in my mind that CUSD exposes their students and staff to pesticides an other toxins daily? No not at all, I know for a fact that every June the district sprays every schools athletic fields or grass area with insecticide and other pesticides. All they do is post a sign which usually no one reads which says the date it was sprayed. I understand it is summer and most campuses are not being occupied but some are such as Jefferson Elementary for summer school and soccer practices/games. They sprayed the field at Jefferson last year during the summer school session. I mean these are the fields in which our children play and explore in,are the pests really that bad we need to poison our children? Is there any alternative way of pest control? Dr. Roach needs to consider this with his staff and wake up.

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EnvironmentallyIll | June 9, 2010 at 7:33 p.m. ― 4 years, 6 months ago

The school(s) there should be checked for indoor dampness and mold, which certainly has been reported by many ill from these types of buildings, to develop cancer. Mycotoxins (mold toxins or poisons) are proven to be carcinogenic if ingested. There is some indication that these also cause cancers when inhaled or they land on the skin via moldy indoor environments. A good test for indoor mold is the ERMI test, developed by US EPA, where dust is vacuumed up and analyzed for mold DNA, then species of molds are identified and compared to water-damaged and non-water-damaged databases. Learn more at http://www.schoolmoldhelp.org.

One would hope the county health dept. website would be of help, but they sure weren't in the case of Sherman Elementary School in San Diego, when the county health department was hired by SDUSD and did a very poor job of mold inspection. Later, the school was torn down, with very suspicious excuses and lots of denial. Bottomline - it was loaded with leaks and moldy, made 2/3 of the staff very sick (kids too), and this was covered up to protect liability, with the county health dept helping. The full story is on www.schoolmoldhelp.org.

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Avatar for user 'EnvironmentallyIll'

EnvironmentallyIll | June 9, 2010 at 7:36 p.m. ― 4 years, 6 months ago

For more info on schools and pesticide laws, alternatives, visit
www.beyondpesticides.org/schools/resources/index.htm
Beyond Pesticides, a terrific national nonprofit that provides lots of info and advocacy.

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