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43 Students Hospitalized From Carbon Monoxide Poisoning (Because Schools ‘Can’t Afford’ Detectors)

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43 Students Hospitalized From Carbon Monoxide Poisoning  Because Schools  Can t Afford  Detectors  Screen Shot 2012 12 04 at 10 58 45 AM jpgApparently school districts can pay superintendents an average salary of $142, 000 a year, but they can’t afford to pay $50 for carbon monoxide detectors to keep kids safe at school? That’s messed up. And it’s what caused 43 elementary students to get carbon monoxide poisoning this week and be rushed to the hospital.

At Finch Elementary School in Atlanta, dozens of kids were taken from school on stretchers and sent to the hospital after their school became filled with dangerous carbon monoxide. There were no warnings, no signs and no detectors telling them that this potentially deadly gas was filling their school. Kids just started to feel sick and nauseous with severe headaches.

Why did this happen? Well, as it turns out, the school didn’t have carbon monoxide detectors. But they’re not the only ones. According to a report on the Today show, most schools don’t have these life-saving devices in their classrooms and hallways. Why? Because they supposedly can’t afford them.

That’s certainly a scary thought for any parent. Your child could be breathing in toxic fumes every day and no one would ever know–especially because lower levels of this colorless, odorless gas can cause learning disabilities, cardiovascular problems, fatigue and nausea, which are things we might not immediately attribute to carbon monoxide.

Because Connecticut and Maryland are the only two states requiring schools to have these detectors, Atlanta is not the only school where this has happened. Within the last year, 52 students from a Baltimore school were poisoned and 50 from Philadelphia were also hospitalized for the same thing.

It may seem crazy that this is happening when there is such an easy solution: Install carbon monoxide detectors in every school. Experts estimate the cost to be roughly $50 a piece and $5,000 per district. Seems like a very small price to pay to ensure our kids’ safety.

What do you think?


Photo: todaynews.today.com