Parents and students protest conditions at moldy school

Parents and students protest conditions at moldy school

Parents of a student at a Northwest Tennessee High School have filed a lawsuit, claiming mold on campus is making their son sick.

Todd Faulkner has the story.

Outside Westview High School in Martin, Tennessee--there are clear signs of a protest. Students have posters in hand and masks over their faces. It's their way of highlighting an issue that has the entire community talking.

Three protesters say mold is making students sick. "On the ceiling, on the walls, the lockers, I mean it's in the books in the library." Brent Vickers helped organize the event and says mold inside the school is causing students to get headaches, nauseated, and other flu-like symptoms. "We have to go in there. We have to eat, drink, and learn. I want to be in an environment where it's safe for us to do that."

During a break in the protest, students filed into the school auditorium where administrators took questions. "The folks who deal with molds are going to have to determine who needs to clean, what needs to be clean and how it's to be cleaned." Richard Barber says right now there's no need for parents to be concerned about their children's health. "If there's other areas in this building that needs to be cleaned up-if there are other things that need to be done we will take whatever measures that is determined by those people that ought to be knowledgeable of what needs to be done and get that done."

Angry students say the school district hasn't done enough to address the problem. "The administration has let us down. This has been a problem for years and it's just been allowed to continue. We just want to make an impact and get something done for the health of the students, the faculty and to make an impact in the community."  The Director of the Schools wouldn't comment on the lawsuit pending against the school system. He did say at one time the school has mold, but janitors used bleach to remove it.

Parents and students say it's not good enough and want a designated mold remediation process in place. That takes about two weeks, and includes expert teams removing mold as well as analyzing ways to prevent it from forming in the future.