Parents generally expect that their children will be safe at school, but this is sadly not always the case. Some school buildings -- particularly those that are older -- are filled with dangerous substances, such as asbestos, that must be removed as the building ages. However, this could put many South Carolina school children at risk for asbestos exposure, which could lead to future health problems.
An out-of-state school recently came under fire for its plans to deal with asbestos abatement. The asbestos is located in the caulking around the building's windows. While the school insists that the risk associated with asbestos in this type of caulking is low, it apparently did not do a good job of communicating what was going on to parents. Many parents did not discover what was going on until days before the abatement was set to begin, which did not give them time to fully express their concerns, especially since the school performed unapproved removal of asbestos back in 2017.
The school told parents that the current abatement process will only be performed after school hours. However, some parents pointed out that this does not necessarily protect children who are enrolled in after-school programs on the campus. Approximately 100 parents expressed their intentions to keep their children home from school during the asbestos work.
South Carolina parents have a right to be worried about their children's safety in such situations. Asbestos exposure can lead to serious and even fatal health consequences decades down the road, such as lung cancer and mesothelioma. When a person or company negligently exposes victims to this toxic substance, it is sometimes necessary to take action in the form of a carefully pursued civil suit.