Toxic Mold Problems in Children's School
mold scare propels health check, asthma death linked?
By Mary Powers, firstname.lastname@example.org
November 19, 2002
Health screenings prompted by elevated mold
levels in parts of East High School continued at the school Monday, two
days after a senior with a history of asthma died following an asthma
attack at home.
Donald Criss Mister
Jr., 17 and known to his family as Criss, died early Saturday at Methodist
Healthcare-University Hospital. "We don't know if the mold (at East)
triggered his asthma. We want to know," said Leslie Mister, his
But Monday she said the family was focused on planning a funeral for a
young man described as a quiet, positive teenager who did well in school,
loved his computer video games, his younger brother and who planned to
pursue an engineering degree in college.
School officials said Mister's death had not been linked to mold found
in the school's southwest wing and building annex. Five classrooms as well
as storage and maintenance areas remained closed Monday while cleanup and
Nurses were again on hand to screen for potential health problems by
listening to lungs and asking students about their medical histories and
any rashes, itchy eyes, runny noses or flu-like symptoms.
Wednesday, officials expect to send letters home to parents reporting the
screening results, said.
Toledo, Ohio, School Mold Problem
In Ohio, The Toledo
Blade reported that a classroom at Coy Elementary School has
been vacated after school officials say mold made the 22 students who
attend classes in it sick.
School administrators sent home letters explaining the situation to
parents yesterday after an environmental consultant found airborne
stachybotrys mold spores behind walls in concentrations three times higher
than that of the outside air, the newspaper reported.
The results came as no surprise to the teacher assigned to the classroom,
who has been feeling increasingly tired and had observed an unusually high
rate of sniffles, rashes, and irritation among her pupils, the Blade
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