Detroit Public Schools Stage “Sick-Out” Due to Toxic Conditions in Schools
Lifestyle| | By Margo Gothelf
In Detroit Public Schools, musty smells, warped floors, and mold are a regular site, and now students and teachers from the schools are fed up with the unsafe conditions and have staged a “sick-out,” forcing the schools to close down for two days.
The teachers and parents of DPS are blaming the wrecked conditions of the schools on Republican Governor Rick Snyder and the legislature’s austerity measures to cut costs that is also being blamed for the lead contamination of the water supply in Flint, Michigan. Flint residents have been using bottled water since their water supply became contaminated with lead in April 2014. The switch was deemed to be a cost-cutting measure while the city waited for a new pipeline to be built. However, the switch resulted in spiked lead levels in children, reported the Detroit Free Press. The water supply is now coming from Lake Huron, but many people are still concerned it is contaminated due to damaged pipes and other poor foundations. U.S. Uncut, that water from toilets above her classroom has been leaking through the ceiling for the past three years. Her classroom is connected to a rundown greenhouse that has not been cleaned in years. Muerhoff explained that her classroom has a “distinct odor that gives her frequent headaches.” The conditions of the school look like something out of a horror movie. In response to the poor conditions, teachers have been forced to hold a “sick-out.”