From the Queens Courier:
Imagine having to make the heart-wrenching choice between your child’s health and his education.
For the parents of students enrolled at P.S. 256’s special needs annex in Belle Harbor, which serves children with emotional challenges and autism, this is a daily decision.
They – along with teachers and paraprofessionals – claim that for the last decade the school has been at the location, everyone has been exposed to mold, lead paint and asbestos.
“It’s reprehensible,” said attorney Ralph DeSimone, founder and senior partner of DeSimone, Aviles, Shorter & Oxamendi, LLP., who has filed a notice of claim against the Department of Education (DOE). “If you are going to victimize people, you picked the right group.”
The lawsuit...is to accomplish the following:
•An inspection of the school by an independent third party.
•Medical exams of all teachers, staff and students.
•Immediate repairs to the school’s infrastructure.
•Immediate removal of the cell phone towers on school premises.
•Immediate removal of mold, asbestos and lead paint.
•Accommodations for staff and students to continue classes.
•Medical care for staff/students with injuries sustained from exposure from the school.
•Notifications to all students and staff past and present of inspection findings.
And hey, one in the Bronx failed a fire safety test. But that's ok, I'm sure the SCA will get their act together by the time the Maspeth school is built...