West Haven mom threatens lawsuit over school asbestos removal

NEW AT 10…. ASBESTOS REMOVAL AT WEST HAVEN HIGH SCHOOL IS CAUSING SOME CONCERN TONIGHT. AT LEAST ONE PARENT IS DEMANDING AN END TO IT. NEWS 8′ S MARIO BOONE TALKED TO THAT PARENT.HE’S LIVE TONIGHT IN WEST HAVEN WITH REACTION FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT. HERE’S THE SITE WHERE THE ASBESTOS HAS TO BE REMOVED….AND YOU CAN CLEARLY SEE ONE OF THE CONCERNS…..NO WARNINGS SIGNS HAVE BEEN POSTED ABOUT THE DANGERS OF ASBESTOS….JUST FEET FROM WHERE STUDENTS PASS EVERYDAY. 3 THIS Build WRAPPED IN A COCOON-LIKE TARP AT WEST HAVEN HIGH SCHOOL ISN’T PART OF A SCIENCE EXPERIMENT.IT’S FOR A “MASSIVE”, TWO-MONTH LONG ASBESTOS REMOVAL PROJECT SET TO BEGIN SOON….”IT’S VERY CONCERNING FOR ME.”…IT ALSO HAPPENS TO BE THE SOURCE OF A LOT OF DRAMA UNFOLDING BETWEEN SCHOOL LEADERS AND LOCAL MOMS LIKE CHRISTINE BARRINGTON. “I’M ASKING FOR THEM NOT TO ABATE ASBESTOS AT ALL WHILE STUDENTS ARE IN SESSION.”STATE REGULATIONS CALL FOR THE WORK TO BE DONE WHILE STUDENTS ARE AWAY….BUT WEST HAVEN RECEIVED A WAIVER.BARRINGTON HAS A SON THERE WITH MORE THAN 15 -HUNDRED OTHER STUDENTS.SHE THINKS IT’S SIMPLY TOO DANGEROUS TO REMOVE CANCER CAUSING ASBESTOS WHILE CLASSES ARE IN SESSION. “THERE HASN’T EVEN BEEN A CONVERSATION IN TERMS OF DOING IT AT NIGHT TIME, OR ON THE WEEKENDS, OR EVEN AFTER SCHOOL HOURS.” ANOTHER CONCERN SHE SAYS…..NO SIGNS ON ANY OF THE FENCING WARNING OF ASBESTOS DANGERS AND LUNG DISEASE RISKS….AS REQUIRED BY THE FEDS.I SPENT NEARLY AN HOUR ON THE PHONE WITH SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT NEIL CAVALLARO. HE WASN’T Available TO GO ON CAMERA….BUT DID ISSUE A STATEMENT SAYING “…WEST HAVEN HIGH SCHOOL HAS TAKEN ALL OF THE APPROPRIATE STEPS TO ENSURE EVERYONE’S SAFETY … “AND THAT “…CONTINGENCY PLANS IN PLACE IN CASE THERE ARE ELEVATED LEVELS.”BUT IT MIGHT NOT BE ENOUGH TO SATISFY BARRINGTON.ME: “SO, A LAWSUIT NOT OFF THE TABLE AT THIS POINT? ” HER: “IT’S SOMETHING THAT I’M Reflecting ABOUT.” 3 AGAIN, THE SUPERINTENDENT SAYS THIS SITE IS SAFE FOR STUDENTS AND TEACHERS.HE ENCOURAGES PARENTS TO CHECK THE SCHOOL DISTRICT’S WEBSITE TO LEARN ABOUT REGULAR SAMPLE TESTING.REPORTING LIVE ….

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