Malignant mesothelioma is a condition that has been directly linked to exposure to asbestos, but despite the fact that this is now widely understood, the risk of exposure continues. Yesterday’s high risk environments, including military installations and factories, have been largely cleaned up, leaving behind settings where asbestos was put in place years ago and has never been cleaned up. These environments include wide swaths of America’s infrastructure, and in particular America’s school buildings. A recent incident involving the Philadelphia School District brings the situation’s dangers into sharp focus.
Parents of children attending classes in the Philadelphia School District know that the district’s buildings are old, but they generally trust that their kids are safe from the risk of asbestos-related diseases like mesothelioma and asbestos. But that sense of security was recently shattered when parents of students at the Parkway Center city Middle College received a letter indicating “asbestos issues” at their child’s school. The letter read, “This letter is to inform you of an asbestos issue that occurred in our school during the Martin Luther King holiday weekend.” The letter went on to indicate that air samples taken in a specific class room had registered as unsafe, and though the school promised that the issue would be addressed, it only raised more questions from parents and students alike.
One parent talking about her mesothelioma concerns said, “Just really concerned about long-term effects, if there’s going to be on how how exposed were the children?” She says that her son was also worried. “He was concerned. Just concerned about, ‘If I’ve already breathed this in, do I already have something? Am I going to have cancer in the future?’”
Once a person has been exposed to asbestos, they have to live with the fear of mesothelioma for the rest of their life. If you have been affected by an asbestos-related disease and you need help, contact us today at 1-800-966-2244.