Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Use of hazardous products in TN Williamson County Schools continues

Children's EPA Director, Nancy Swan, has been following the unfolding school disaster linked below for several years.  Untrained school officials given authority to purchase dangerous disinfectant and pesticides to be used by and around children is like giving a loaded gun to a five year old, or to a madman.  Similar story- http://www.toxicjustice.com  Children's EPA- http://www.childrensepa.org

Mrs. Kunz told Mrs. Swan that Tennessee Williamson County School District (Oak Grove) Oak Grove elementary school children have been required to spray and wipe cafeteria tables with an industrial product that states that the product is not to be used by children.  Mrs. Kunz writes that she witnessed the children playing with the spray and spraying it onto their skin and inhaling the product.

This product clearly states on the ready-to-use labeling that the product is an irritant and requires use of protects gowns, eye goggles, and face mask.  http://www2.hawaii.gov//hdoa/labels/8017.24_2013.pdf

For four years Mrs. Kunz, has tried to stop this practice.  She has spoken to the school board, emailed, spoke, and wrote to Williamson County school officials.  Kunz has repeatedly provided clear and convincing evidence that this product has been used by children, used inappropriately around children, and use of the product violated the products own safety requirements. Despite knowledge of the harmful use of dangerious industrial products the practice of use of the dangerous product has continued.

Williamson County School officials should not only acknowledge that they have required hazardous chemicals to be used by elementary school children, they should alert all parents in the school system about the product potential health hazards. 

FRANKLIN — A Williamson County Schools parent has had concerns about chemicals used in her son’s school for four years now.Daniela Kunz plans to speak at the county school board meeting 6:30 p.m. tonight about her worries, in addition to what she considers a failure on behalf of the district to release information under the Tennessee Open Records Act.

Read more: http://www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013130218019
NBC TV news: http://www.nbcnews.com/id/50848200#.USQAA_JvarE

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