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Mesothelioma Concerns Fuel Connecticut Mom’s Actions Against School Board

You’d think that three weeks before Christmas, the mother of a high school student would be thinking about gifts and time with family instead of the risk of malignant mesothelioma. But the asbestos-related disease is very much on the mind of Christine Barrington, and she is not taking the issue sitting down. Barrington is the mother of a high school student who attends West Haven High School in West Haven, Connecticut, where a massive asbestos removal project is set to begin shortly. Though the state of Connecticut requires that asbestos remediation be conducted at a time when students are not present in the building, local authorities did not want to wait until the summer time, so they obtained a waiver that Barrington and other parents believe puts their children at risk.

This is not the first time that fears of mesothelioma from asbestos exposure have come up for the school community. As recently as May of this year, parents were expressing concern about the impact of a construction project that brought the Department of Public Health in to calm frayed nerves. At that time a statement was issued that said in part, “there is no reason to believe the school population was exposed to asbestos as a result of the work done on the project,” but parents were still concerned that safety procedures were not followed. Now, the new project has an entire wing of the building wrapped in a tarp and is expected to take over two months, with students present throughout the process. According to Barrington, “There hasn’t even been a conversation in terms of doing it at night time, or on the weekends or even after school hours.” She points out that there also have been no moves to put up any type of warnings about the dangers posted by asbestos exposure.

In light of the life-changing impact that asbestos exposure and mesothelioma can bring, Barrington is considering taking legal action to stop the process until a time when the students aren’t present. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with the rare and fatal form of cancer, it’s likely because nobody stood up to provide similar protections for you. To learn more about how mesothelioma starts and what you can do about it now, contact the Patient Advocates at Mesothelioma.net at  1-800-692-8608.

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