Deshler parents, students upset over possible asbestos, band director's leave

Deshler parents, students upset over possible asbestos, band director's leave
Updated: Aug. 10, 2018 at 6:28 PM CDT
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TUSCUMBIA, AL (WAFF) - A group of Deshler High School parents are still waiting to find out whether their kids have been exposed to asbestos. This after some students pulled up old carpeting in a classroom that may have exposed them to toxins.

Katie Herron's kids are in the Deshler High School marching band. She said an emergency meeting was held after her kids were possibly exposed to asbestos in a classroom.

WAFF 48 News was in the emergency meeting when Superintendent Darryl Aikerson assured parents would get the results of the air quality as soon as they are available.

"I was told the results cannot be released to parents and that Mr. Aikerson did inform school that it can only be released through him," said Herron.

Herron said Aikerson is out of the office until Monday, leaving parents to spend two more days worrying about those results.

Herron said parents feel if students were exposed to asbestos the school system is responsible. They are outraged band director Craig Weeks is on administrative leave. She said school administrators are looking for someone to blame but the band director is not responsible.

Now kids are rallying together to save their band director. Keegaen Herron said some of his bandmates say they plan to protest until Weeks returns.

Parents and students plan to attend a school board meeting next week to help get Weeks back at school.

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