School Has Students Spend Weekend Removing Cancer-Causing Asbestos From Building (VIDEO)

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kids remove asbestosFor a small religious school in Ohio, the removal of the asbestos from their new building was simply too expensive to consider. Asbestos is a cancer-causing agent, after all, and its removal and abatement is costly to the extreme. So they did the removal the best way they could imagine: They asked kids to do it.

Oh, yes. Really. They asked kids as young as 13 to risk their lives and their lungs just to save a buck.

A neighbor used a camera to shoot video of the students and others taking debris out of the building. In the video, dust is dispersed everywhere when the asbestos is thrown away. The neighbor said:

"The entire site was contaminated with asbestos and the people who were doing it were all children. The kids were loaded with it."

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As a parent, this idea just chills my blood. Here were these kids trying to do a good thing -- to volunteer and help the school -- and these ADULTS were putting them in harm's way. It's unconscionable.

The school, a Sterling Education school, is associated with the Exclusive Brethren, a Christian church that basically discourages all sorts of pop culture, from music to TV to movies and sports.

It's unclear whether the parents knew about the asbestos or not or whether this volunteer project required permission slips. The school is basically not talking. But as a parent, I would be horrified. Asbestos is dangerous. And now there is no way of knowing the damage this project has done without chest x-rays and time.

It's just a nightmare. These kids could have lifelong breathing issues and more just because their school was too cheap to hire professionals.

Here's a thought: If you can't afford to hire asbestos abatement professionals, maybe you can't afford the new building? Or maybe you need to fundraise? Do some bake sales and ask congregants to pony up some cash to save kids' lungs. This is simply unacceptable and the entire organization ought to be carefully scrutinized. After all, if they are willing to do this to kids in the open, what would they do behind closed doors?

How angry would you be as a parent?




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femal... femaleMIKE

I would remove my child from that school.  If they that dumb then I don't want my kid educated by them.

nonmember avatar kaerae

They think asbestos is just a "theory."

Jenniy Jenniy

Um no, I'd pull my kids from that school QUICK.

Senia... Seniahmom

I'd flip my lid. I saw first hand what it did to my grandfather.

nonmember avatar Sarah

My kid would not be there!! If disguised as something else..lawsuit and pulling my kid..they have a responsibility of keeping kids safe!


I'd go to jail over that, I assure you.

nonmember avatar Allison

Did anyone stop to think there is more to this story than we are being told? I don't think they knew that it had asbestos when they started the project. Perhaps they should have thought about that and had it tested first, but I don't think anyone would have intentionally asked these children to do something that could be hazardous to their health. But of course that would be boring to put that in the story and wouldn't cause a "stir", would it?

nonmember avatar kaerae

@Allison - They had it tested. They were told it was asbestos. They got an estimate for its removal. They decided they couldn't afford it and had the kids do it. The story is all out there. Believe it.

nonmember avatar Todd Vrancic

My children would not be there the next day, and I would have any future communication with this school via my attorney. I would hope that any parent with a child who was exposed to asbestos in that irresponsible way would respond in the same way. They have shown that they value money over children's health, so what they value so much should be taken from them.

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