I am outraged that the city would allow our children at P.S. 289 to drink water with lead levels thousands of times greater than permitted.
Instead of working to remedy this situation, the Departments of Health and Education have merely tried to downplay both the risk to students and the scope of the crisis.
As we saw in Flint, this is a crisis that has disproportionately affected communities of color. A whole generation of kids in that community will not live up to their fullest capacity because of the impact of lead in their bodies.
We don’t yet know how many Brooklyn children suffered and for how long, but it’s unconscionable that there are kids who will be less mentally fit because no one thought their school was good enough to be concerned about their water supply. It’s time the city value their health and safety as much we here in the community do.
(photo credit: Roger McLassus)