Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Accountability For The Schools But Not For The DOE Bureaucrats As The Children Of PS 51 Were Exposed To Toxic Chemicals & Tweed Did Nothing About It.
The DOE's motto is "children first. Always". Of course the reality is much different. The DOE knew since January that the air in PS 51 in the Bronx had dangerous levels of the highly toxic and probable carcinogen, Trichloroethylene (TCE). For six months the DOE unbelievably sat on the report while 300 children in PS 51 repeatedly breathed in the TCE. It now appears that the school was built on a site that was an abandoned industrial plant and the DOE apparently never bothered to do an environmental study to ensure the site was safe for children.
PS 51 was built two decades ago and thousands of children who went to the school may have been exposed to the cancer causing TCE and who knows what health problems these children have and will suffer from over the years. If you like to know about the health effects of prolonged exposure to TCE, read here. While few DOE bureaucrats responsible for the travesty of locating a school in an environmental disaster area are with the agency now, an investigation should be done to find out who was responsible and fire them if they still work for the City or the DOE. Their selecting a potential environmentally dangerous site to put a school in is not only environmentally wrong but even criminal if you ask me.
What is even worse, is that the DOE knew in January the results of the air tests and did not immediately take action by evacuating the students and staff and let them breath in the cancerous TCE. This is unconscionable and the DOE bureaucrats responsible or not releasing the report and for their failure to evacuate the children from PS 51 should be fired.
Where is the DOE "accountability" to allow these children to be exposed to a cancer causing chemical TCE for the six months? The DOE wants "accountability" from the schools and their staff but when it comes to their own "accountability" the Chancellor and his minions believe it doesn't apply to them.
"Children last. Always" when it comes to the students of PS 51.