Dallas high school students plan “walk out” if school fails to address asbestos concerns

7 Dec 2015 by under News

renovations South Oak Cliff High School 100x100 Dallas high school students plan walk out if school fails to address asbestos concernsAsbestos is not something to be ignored, and some students in a local Dallas, , high school are making their concerns of the school’s condition heard by threatening to walk out.

According to CBS DFW, South Oak Cliff High School students are claiming their health and education in peril due to the school’s renovations leaving poor conditions within the school. If the South Oak Cliff High School faculty fails to address their concerns before 2:55 p.m., students claim they will walk out and assemble “to expose to our school board and the city of Dallas, the horrible conditions.”

“It’s hard to work in an uncomfortable environment, and that’s want a comfortable environment,” South Oak Cliff senior David Johnson told CBS DFW. “We have tests we need to pass, and if it’s not a comfortable environment, then how can we pass tests, how can we stay focused and get the information to pass the test?”

Between the 1940s and 1970s, asbestos was utilized frequently in building materials such as floor tiles, shingles and ceiling plaster for fire protection, and in insulation. While stable, asbestos technically do not pose a health risk, but if deteriorated or tampered with, such during a , asbestos become airborne and can be inhaled or ingested. This type of exposure can lead to the development of mesothelioma, a deadly cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, abdomen or, in rare cases, the heart. There is no known cure for mesothelioma.

“If a CPS worker went to someone’s house and saw that, they would remove the kids immediately,” Dominique Alexander, a community activist, said in a statement regarding the school’s poor environment. “These kids are exposed to electrical wires, plumbing, storm drainage [and] asbestos on the ground.”

The high school administrators claim that there is no threat with the school’s upgrades, which include renovations to the plumbing system, HVAC and some electrical wiring. Administrators also said if the crews discovered any asbestos, it would be removed, just not during a school day.

The student walkout is planned the same day as a meeting planned by Dallas Independent School District Superintendent Michael Hinojosa, which plans to address problems related to “student achievement.”

Source: CBS DFW


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