The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Los Angeles:
Poisoning by School

Sep 27, 2010

The Los Angeles school board just opened a new school – to be devoted to the environmental sciences.

There’s a catch, however! Just before the school opened, workers were busy replacing the soil under the school to a depth of 45 feet – because it was contaminated with toxic chemicals!

Officials say the school is safe now. But next to the school there is a gas station, whose underground storage tanks are still leaking. There is an operating oil well across the street from the school. There is a gas line running in front of the school, and a very busy freeway within 600 feet of it.

Many L.A. schools sit on contaminated land. Many have been found to contain high levels of toxic fumes and pollutants.

Exposing public school students to poison is so common in L.A. that even a school claiming to specialize in environmental studies can’t escape that fate!