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“We need answers” parents of Albion students want testing for carcinogens in schools

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We brought you this story earlier this week: last year an elementary school teacher at the Ronald l. Sodoma School in Albion was diagnosed with breast cancer. When the Teacher’s Association looked into it: they found even more cases. Now parents in the district are concerned if anything is being done.

Angelo Garcia loves his kids more than life. When he heard concerns that Albion school buildings could contain carcinogens, he pulled his daughter, Myrose, a sixth grader, out of school. 

“We fear for our daughter and for everyone else. We’re thinking about home schooling Myrose right now until there are answers,” said Angelo Garcia. 

The Albion Teachers Association says 22 teachers or staff have been diagnosed with breast cancer over the last 20 years. All of them worked in the same building over a number of years. District teachers and parents want an investigation to test the air, water quality and environmental factors. On January 9th, the Superintendent of Schools, Michael Bonnewell, sent a letter to parents, stating he’s seeking help from the NYS Department of Health and Cornell University. The superintendent also stated the medical director for the Albion School District stated that the number of breast cancer cases is “lower than the national average.”

“I’m starting to read like what?! Why didn’t they notify us a long time ago?” questioned Garcia. 

The superintendent; however, also stated that it is safe to come to school. Parents, staff and student’s shouldn’t be alarmed.

News 8 spoke with the Albion Superintendent today who said that the New York State Department of Health is reviewing the Albion Teachers Association’s findings. This is to see if an environmental investigation should move forward.

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