Society

Police Investigating Parents Who Found Carcinogens Inside Schools

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

In October 2013, several teachers at Malibu High School in California signed a letter asking administrators to test various school buildings for carcinogens after a number of educators developed cancer and other illnesses.

“These teachers believe their health has been adversely effected as a result of working in our particular buildings at Malibu High School,” the letter read, according to the Mailbu Times.

By March 2014, the school district still hadn’t addressed the teachers’ concerns, LA Weekly reported.

The apparent lack of action compelled parent Jennifer deNicola and others to go into classrooms at Malibu High School and adjacent Juan Cabrillo Elementary School to take samples of window caulk, the Malibu Patch reports.

After testing the caulk, which dates back to the 1960s, the parents discovered it contained a high amount of polychlorinated biphenyl, which is considered a carcinogen. 

Now, the school district has asked police to investigate deNicola and her fellow concerned parents for taking the window caulk. Sheriff’s Sgt. Matthew Dunn said the department is investigating felony trespassing and vandalism, though no charges have been filed.

According to the Malibu Patch, deNicola told KBUU-FM that the probe is simply “bullying, harassment and false charges.”

Despite potential actions against deNicola, residents and teachers aren’t backing down. At least three lawsuits have been filed against the district for carcinogens in the school buildings.

Sources: CNN, Malibu Times, LA Weekly, Malibu Patch / Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons