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|Posted: Sun Jun 23, 2019 7:15 pm Post subject: Killer classes: our children sick and dying at these schools
|Cell phone tower shut down at elementary school after eight kids are diagnosed with cancer in 'mysterious' cluster
By Mia De Graaf Health Editor For Dailymail.com
17:53, 04 Apr 2019, updated 19:44, 04 Apr 2019
The affected students at Weston Elementary School in Ripon are all under the age of 10
They each have different types of cancer: brain, kidney, liver and lymphoma
There is scant evidence that cell phone towers pose a real risk to humans
But even skeptics say the number of cases in this cluster is unusual
Sprint, which owns the tower, has shut it down despite insisting the radio frequency levels are 100 times below the federal limit
A private investigator for the patients' moms found the levels were higher than reported
Eight children have been diagnosed with cancer at the same elementary school - prompting parents' fears that a cell phone tower could be to blame.
The affected students at Weston Elementary School in Ripon are all under the age of 10, each with different types of cancer: brain, kidney, liver and lymphoma.
There is scant evidence that cell phone towers pose a real risk to humans, but even skeptics say the number of cases affecting children in such a small city is unusual.
Sprint, which owns the tower, has shut it down despite insisting the radio frequency levels are 100 times below the federal limit.
But the kids' mothers say their own private investigator found much higher levels, though still below the limit.
Kids all under the age of 10 have different types of cancer: brain, kidney, liver and lymphoma +9
Kids all under the age of 10 have different types of cancer: brain, kidney, liver and lymphoma
According to the American Cancer Society, about 411 Californians per 100,000 develop cancer every year. That's a rate of 0.0041, and includes adults, who are more likely than children to develop cancer +9
According to the American Cancer Society, about 411 Californians per 100,000 develop cancer every year. That's a rate of 0.0041, and includes adults, who are more likely than children to develop cancer
Sprint, which owns the tower, has shut it down despite insisting the radio frequency levels are 100 times below the federal limit +9
Sprint, which owns the tower, has shut it down despite insisting the radio frequency levels are 100 times below the federal limit
Monica Ferrulli, who son Mason was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2016, told CBS: 'It is classified as a possible carcinogen.
'That tells us that there is some evidence out there.
'We're not naive to the fact that there could be other components out there - other environmental influences… but the bottom line that we feel in regards to this tower is it doesn't belong there... if there's any indications that its unsafe.'
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Ferrulli and Kelly Prime, whose son Kyle was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2016, have been fighting to take the tower down for two years.
After hiring lawyers earlier this year, they finally got assurance in March that it would be coming down.
Their lawyers at The Cochran Firm argue that contamination is the most likely cause of the unusually high rate of childhood cancer in one small area.
Ripon, east of Sacramento, has a population of around 14,000.
According to the American Cancer Society, about 411 Californians per 100,000 develop cancer every year. That's a rate of 0.0041, and includes adults, who are more likely than children to develop cancer.
Kelly Prime with her son Kyle, who was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2016 +9
Kelly Prime with her son Kyle, who was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2016
Monica Ferrulli's son Mason was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2016 +9
Monica Ferrulli's son Mason was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2016
Brad Rex, a fifth grader, was recently diagnosed, then admitted to hospital with bleeding from his tumor +9
Brad Rex, a fifth grader, was recently diagnosed, then admitted to hospital with bleeding from his tumor
Morris says he is not convinced that the tower is harmless.
But he also says other forms of contamination may be compounding factors, implying that a Nestle plant may have leaked toxins into the soil for years.
'After reviewing thousands of pages of documents, I can say there's nothing that has made me less concerned,' attorney Marcelis Morris told Fox 40.
'We need to really dig in and find out what is causing all of this cancer to proliferate in the city of Ripon. We want to save lives. We want to prevent this from happening.'
Ripon, east of Sacramento, has a population of around 14,000 +9
Ripon, east of Sacramento, has a population of around 14,000
Radiation from the cell phone devices has been linked to cancer
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|Posted: Sun Jun 23, 2019 11:56 pm Post subject:
|Poison in the air
When a sinister illness hit schoolchildren and their teachers in war-torn Chechnya in December, doctors were convinced it was a case of poisoning. Then the government came up with its own diagnosis - mass hysteria. Is there an official cover-up going on? Anna Politkovskaya reports
Wed 1 Mar 2006 12.00 GMT First published on Wed 1 Mar 2006 12.00 GMT
A war has been raging in the north Caucasian Republic of Chechnya in the Russian Federation since November 1994. Over the years, officials in Moscow have given the war various names. Sometimes it is called "putting the region in order"; since the beginning of the international "anti-terrorist" era, it has become a "counter-terrorist operation". But it is never called a war, despite the fact that an estimated 70,000-200,000 Russian military personnel are conducting operations as if on enemy territory. The civilian population has taken the brunt of the military impact. For the past 12 years, those living and working in Chechnya have been aware that federal forces were testing new types of weapons. The story of what happened in the Shelkovsk district is simply the biggest such case.
In December last year, there were reports of mass poisonings at schools in the Shelkovsk region. Just before new year, a government commission published its official verdict: there was no need to worry - there were no poisonings, it was mass psychosis due to stress. But did anyone in Chechnya believe these explanations?
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On a bed by a wall in room one of Shelkovsk regional hospital a young woman called Sina is having a seizure. Her face is white, then yellow, then bright red; her brother unclenches her teeth with a spoon in order to pull out her tongue while her mother lies on top of her to control the spasms. The girl is now bent in an impossible arch, her heels touching the back of her head.
It is January 6, a third week has gone by, and there is no improvement in her condition. Aset (Sina) Magamshapieva is not a pupil at the school where most of the victims came from. A 20-year-old student teacher, she had gone there for some teaching practice. An elderly nurse arrives with a syringe. The fit has lasted 15 minutes already. The nurse is alone, taking care of 40 patients, and has just been dealing with Marina Tereshchenko in a neighbouring room. Marina has been suffering from similar seizures.
What is in the syringe? "Analgin [an analgesic] and dimedrol [a sedative]," she sighs. But that can't really help, can it? "We don't have anything else," she says. "What can we treat them with? Analgin will at least take the pain away from the spasms, and dimedrol will quieten them down, let them sleep after the fits ..."
Rabadan Ahmethanovich Rabadanov, deputy chief of therapeutics, arrives. He looks at Aset sadly. A sedative is introduced into a vein, and soon tears start to flow down her cheeks. It is the 47th minute of the seizure. Though the girl sees and hears no one, she noticeably starts breathing again. "Tears mean that the seizure is passing," says her mother.
How often do such fits occur? "Three to four times a day. We almost broke her teeth to keep her from swallowing her tongue," her mother says. "I'm in such torment, and she's exhausted by all the fits ... If they could just find out what they were poisoned with, even if they don't tell anyone, just tell us how to treat it ... How long are they going to keep this up?"
Vaha Dardayevich Ehselayev, chief physician at the hospital, is sitting in his office. "We are the doctors who were with these victims from the start," he says, "and we will not change our diagnosis - an intoxication of unknown aetiology. How could it be hysterics or mass psychosis?" A tired Rabadanov enters. Together with Dr Jamilya Halilovna Aliyeva, he was the first to be called to the school in the village of Starogladovsk on December 16 after reports of children collapsing unconscious. "Every child had psycho-motor excitation, hallucinations and some kind of strange laughter," Rabadanov recalls. "Severe spasms. Nothing seemed to help. We gave sedatives and anti-convulsives. But the spasms just kept repeating. I am certain that such a number of children could never enter a state of psycho-motor excitation simply from hysterics. It was some kind of agent. If these were merely hysterical fits, as the commission says, then they would be easy to isolate."
Ehselayev interrupts: "I think that if this was a mass psychosis spread by rumours and the media, then the first to react would have been the 80-plus schizophrenics and as many epileptics we have in the region. But they had no such reaction. We checked. I believe that there is a poisonous agent in the victims' schools. But the political situation is such that it has to be denied. We don't know what the agent was. We don't have the resources to find out." At the hospital there is not a single computer and no internet access; none of the doctors who encountered this unprecedented phenomenon could put out an SOS on the web.
So what next? "We don't know. A dead end." What are they treating? "Only the symptoms. If there are spasms we give an anti-convulsive. If there is pain we give an analgesic. But the fits continue. We have requested, and continue to request, some kind of a treatment plan. But no one is rushing to bring us one. The commissions from Moscow and Grozny were here and told the patients, 'Don't fake.' But how could they? We were alone with them. The agent acting on them is some kind of toxic substance which makes the nervous system hypersensitive. The fits can be summoned by the creak of a door or the rustle of a packet. This doesn't fit any known disease picture."
The relatives of the victims, just like the majority of the local inhabitants, are sure that the source of the infection was the women's toilet in the Starogladovsk school. All the victims at one time or another were there. It was clear that whoever went to the toilet had the most serious symptoms, while those who were nearby had fewer. The doctors insist it is a toxic substance, most likely a solid, but capable of propagation in a gas wave, one that loses its potency in direct proportion to the distance from the source. The same picture is repeated in the Shelkovsk and Shelkozavodsk schools.
The strict localisation of the sick people by school, time and place is the determining detail in this picture of a massive disease outbreak. At Shelkozavodsk, for example, only those who were on the school building's first floor became ill. Those who did not come to school that day are still healthy.
It all began on December 7, when 13-year-old Taisa Minkailova, a pupil at the Starogladovsk school, started suffering attacks of asphyxia, spasms, a severe headache and numbness in her extremities. Her parents took her to the hospital in Kizlyar, in Dagestan, but the treatments there had no effect and her condition deteriorated. On December 9, two high-school seniors from the same school were taken to hospital in Grozny suffering from the same symptoms.
The peak of hospitalisations occurred on December 16, when 19 children and three adults from Starogladovsk were taken to the Shelkovsk hospital. The doctors observed multiple cases of unconsciousness, comatose states, seizures, weakness, amnesia and asphyxia of increasing severity, as well as numbness of the extremities and chills. The children complained of sharp pains in their eyes and dry mucous membranes. It was clear this was a poisoning, and the source was the school. On December 16, a government commission was set up, with V Boriskina, the Chechen president's deputy chief of staff, as its chairman. Military specialists and chemical defence officers were called in. Medicines were offered by the International Red Cross and Médecins Sans Frontières.
And then came the turning point. A memorandum from a military specialist with the results from the trips to Starogladovsk and Shelkovsk landed on the commission chairman's table. Within two days investigators would remove it from circulation, although we obtained a copy. It reports, "The source of the poisoning was located in the main school building, presumably on the second floor [where the ill teachers were working]. The primary route of intoxication could be the respiratory tract, though direct contact is not ruled out. The aggregate state of the toxic substance was probably a liquid or solid, which, under the effects of the environment, could separate into poisonous vapours. It is not possible to determine accurately the form of the toxic substance from only one clinical picture [the victims' symptomology]. Recommended: in order to clarify what the toxic substance was, conduct toxicological testing of the victims and have this examined by toxicology specialists with the necessary equipment and reagents."
After December 17, the commission took an abrupt change of direction, to a psychological-psychiatric diagnosis, disregarding the fact that cases of poisoning continued to appear. On December 19, pupils were brought in from the middle schools of the villages of Kobi, Shelkozavodsk and Shelkovsk. Up to 17 cases of asphyxia were observed. Several were extreme, and comatose. On December 20, all the schools in the Shelkovsk region were closed and the republic's attorney general initiated a criminal investigation.
Then, on December 21, official reports suddenly appeared that "the mass media are totally to blame": the seizures had allegedly increased and new cases showed up in proportion to the number of subjects shown on television. On December 22, the chief narcologist of the Chechen Republic, psychiatrist Musa Dalsayev, gave his diagnosis: there was no poisoning, it was a "pseudo-asthmatic syndrome of a psychogenic nature". Or a "psychological self-infection". Dalsayev assembled the parents and accused the sick children of faking, and their mothers of indulging them. He claimed that the fits were just for show and that if there were no spectators, then the seizures ceased. He called the victims' mothers "renters" - mercenaries who try to prolong their children's diseases to get compensation. (There has been no request from the victims' families for any material assistance.)
On December 23, a further 81 cases were recorded, provoking panic in the Shelkovsk district. No one believed Dalsayev or the commission, which had delivered its conclusions: "i) No evidence of chemical poisoning; ii) No potentially dangerous objects were revealed on the school premises; iii) Final diagnosis: dissociative (conversional) disorders - dissociative disorders of movement and sensation, dissociative disorders of motor activity, dissociative spasms; iv) The commission has come to the conclusion that there was an outbreak of mass hysteria in the Shelkovsk region related to the prolonged emergency situation in the Chechen Republic."
On December 25, the hospitals started to discharge the first victims. On December 26, the country's chief public health officer, Gennady Onishchenko, visited Chechnya and declared that there were no alarming or health-threatening phenomena. Two days later, President Alu Alhanov confirmed this success by travelling to Moscow to report to President Putin that it was all a mass psychosis. He then handed him reports on how much money would be needed in the short term for a grandiose building to overcome any new mass psychoses. On December 31, a group of 17 children and three adults - the most seriously ill - were sent out of sight to the Salyut children's sanatorium in Zheleznovodsk.
Others have not been so lucky. There is not enough room for the rest. Those such as Aset Magamshapieva and Marina Tereshchenko are victims of official lies, sidelined, since they are unable to be discharged "correctly". They are ordered to be forgotten as malingerers.
This is not an isolated incident. At Shelkovsk district central hospital, Aliyeva recalls a similar, though less severe, outbreak in the autumn. "On September 23, 19 children and one teacher were brought from Staroshchedrinskaya village with similar symptoms. We saw the same strange laughter, hallucinations - it was a frightening sight."
Ehselayev says: "The results went for analysis at the legal medical expert's office. There, they acknowledged that the children were poisoned by carbon monoxide. How on earth did that happen during a heatwave, when the stoves had not been fired up? We raised a stink, but everything came to a halt."
Ehselayev thinks the results of analysis are "political", just like the conclusion by the commission on the December poisonings. So what happened in Staroshchedrinskaya? "The same as now: poisoning by an unknown chemical substance. It is being tested on our children."
Halid Dudayev, the head of Staroshchedrinskaya middle school, is also convinced of this: "Until September 23 I had been demanding that criminal proceedings and an investigation be undertaken. On October 23, I received a rejection for instituting proceedings, due to the 'absence of a crime being committed'. That day, there was a second mass poisoning. Eight of our children were affected. Since then they have not been seriously examined and they have difficulty studying."
Abzo Shamilov, the father of one of the victims, says, "My daughter, Seda, constantly has high blood pressure. She's always ill. We can't do anything. Before the autumn, she was never ill. She now has nosebleeds, constant headaches, her hands and feet are cold. What are we to do?"
Similar symptoms of poisoning occurred in 2000, when on July 26, in the outskirts of the Stariye Atagi settlement of the Grozny farming region, two faint explosions were heard and a silvery-violet, tulip-shaped column of smoke appeared, rising to 150m. The column formed a cloud which hung over the outskirts of the village.
An epidemiological report concluded: "A day after the explosions, the first cases occurred showing signs of poisoning: powerful tonic spasms, loss of consciousness, aggressive agitation, inhibited movement, uncontrollable vomiting, severe headaches, sensation of fear and, in some, haemoptysis [coughing up blood]."
There are differences, however. The tragedy in Stariye Atagi led to three deaths out of 23 cases, with death occurring within about two days. The investigation concluded that "the poisoning of inhabitants of Stariye Atagi was caused by a chemical compound of obscure aetiology, excluding any infectious cause for the outbreak".
It is now 2006. Behind us are 11 years of war with short breaks for clearing mines and unexploded shells. So many war crimes have been committed that the tribunals are scared of setting about analysing these atrocities. But the ideology remains: as before, people who have the misfortune to live in Chechnya are seen as biomaterial for experiments.
The authorities have tried to distance themselves by taking a group of the most seriously ill for a month to a medical academy clinic in Stavropol, the largest city in southern Russia. What happened there has been kept secret. During treatment, none of the patients was told which medicines were being injected into them or what the results of the analysis were. On discharge, the case notes contained not a single record of the nature of the treatments administered.
In the Shelkovsk district, the schools where people were poisoned are closed; the parents refuse to allow healthy children to go back there and insist that the premises are detoxified and that the victims' diagnoses be made public. The authorities maintain that nothing unusual has happening.
· This is an edited version of an article that first appeared in the Novaya Gazeta newspaper
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Location: St. Pauls, Bristol, England
|Posted: Mon Jun 24, 2019 12:00 am Post subject:
|Pupils at 'blue water' Buchanan High 'should be tested for toxins'
By Helen McArdle @HMcardleHT
PUPILS and teachers from the Lanarkshire school at the centre of a cancer row should be tested for toxins, a public health expert has said.
Professor Andrew Watterson, of Stirling University, said the independent safety review commissioned by the Scottish Government into the Buchanan and St Ambrose high schools site in Coatbridge amounted to a "paper exercise", and that biological and environmental testing should also take place.
It came as members of the NASUWT teaching union began a week-long walkout from Buchanan High, where four teachers - including three from the same corridor - have been diagnosed with bladder cancer since it opened in 2012.
A male pupil has also gone blind and reportedly tested positive for unusual levels of arsenic, a chemical also known to increase the risk of bladder cancer.
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However, an information leaflet sent out last week by North Lanarkshire Council to parents and staff stressed that there are two forms of arsenic - toxic and non-toxic.
The latter occurs naturally in foods such as fish, shellfish and rice and can result in a temporary but harmless rise in blood arsenic levels.
The council said there had been no cases involving the toxic form of arsenic from heavy metals, and that school attendance levels did not indicate higher than normal sickness absence.
Yesterday First Minister Nicola Sturgeon vowed to do "everything necessary" to allay health fears, but said it was up to the review team to decide whether to carry out extra tests.
Prof Watterson said: "The review will not answer what's gone on. It's going to be a paper exercise where they look at what the council said they did, then what the health board said they did.
"But it still leaves a lot of questions up in the air if monitoring has not taken place, either biological in the form of blood, hair, and nail samples, or environmental."
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The schools were built on a former landfill site previously used for dumping domestic and industrial waste, and initial ground-testing in 2010 detected known carcinogens such as arsenic and benzo-a-pyrene.
It was given the all-clear in 2012 following remedial work including laying 2ft of top soil and the council says the site poses no threat to health.
It insisted that since the school has been open less than 10 years, there is no chance that the teachers' cancers could have been caused by exposure to anything at the site.
However, Prof Watterson pointed to a major study into bladder cancer in the US which found a minimum 'latency period' - the time lapse between exposure to carcinogens and disease onset - of four years.
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There has also been concern that high levels of copper were found when the water supply from two school taps turned blue last year, but since November routine monitoring of the water supply found it has met safe drinking standards.
Although consuming water contaminated with copper can cause problems such as sickness and diarrhoea, copper from drinking water is not believed to cause cancer.
However, Prof Watterson said exposure to other toxins could have occurred through inhalation and said air monitoring should also take place.
Ms Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, added: “While the independent review promised by the Scottish Government is a welcome development it still does not commit to a full comprehensive site survey which tests the water, air, soil and fabric of the building."
A spokeswoman for NHS Lanarkshire said there were no grounds to carry out checks such as blood tests.
She said: "The public health assessment is that there is not a risk to health from arsenic in relation to attending the schools.
"To date, there have been no identified cases of illnesses caused by elevated heavy metals.
"It would not be appropriate to test where a risk is considered not to exist."
Angry parents demand answers over school cancer fears
Public meeting held as pupils withdrawn from classes after four teachers develop rare cancer.
7 June 2019 By Russell Findlay
Angry parents have demanded answers from council and public health officials following a spate of cancers among teachers at a school campus built on a former toxic landfill site.
The meeting was called to address growing concerns of potential health risks from exposure to Buchanan High School, St Ambrose High School and Townhead community centre in Coatbridge, Lanarkshire.
The £44m campus opened seven years ago on a site used to dump waste from the metal industry and households. The presence of 'blue water' - caused by copper pipes - has also caused concerns.
Four teachers have been diagnosed with bladder cancer and many parents say their children have complained of headaches, tiredness and other medical problems.
At least six parents have formally withdrawn their children from the schools. But officials are adamant that there is no cause for concern and no evidence that the site is the cause of any ill health.
Dr David Cromie, an NHS Lanarkshire public health consultant, addressed around 300 people inside St Ambrose school hall on Thursday night.
He said "there is no significant risk to health" caused by attending the schools.
North Lanarkshire Council environmental health expert Andrew McPherson said that some media reports had not been factual, adding: "The land the school was built on was not contaminated land."
The council said it adhered to strict regulations during the planning and building process and that all testing had shown no risk to the public.
Throughout the highly charged 90-minute meeting, officials were frequently heckled with shouts of "tell the truth", "shame on you", "close the school", and asked if they would send their own children there.
Mum Josie Morgan told the meeting that her son Tommi, who has autism, joined Buchanan High as an S1 pupil last August. The school teaches children with additional support needs.
By October, Tommi was completely blind and tests revealed levels of arsenic in his system three times normal levels.
She later told STV News that she was not reassured by what she heard and backed calls from her MSP Alex Neil, a former SNP health minister, to close down the site and stage an independent public inquiry.
Inside the highly charged public meeting.
Inside the highly charged public meeting. STV
She said: "I'm disgusted. I want to see the school shut. It's just talk, our confidence in them has gone and all the other children I've heard of who've got numerous things wrong with them, also the teachers as well."
Blue water can be caused when water sits inside copper pipes for prolonged periods - but officials say that it does not cause cancer.
Copper piping throughout the campus has been replaced with plastic and there have been no reports of blue water since.
However, former school janitor Anne Ormand claimed that blue water had been present since 2013 - four years earlier than the council said.
She also told the meeting: "There is also ground movement. When I was in school the pipes burst out the ground and the toilets could not be used."
To applause, she told parents that an alarm warning of the presence of methane had once gone off - but Mr McPherson said that was due to a faulty sensor.
Officials say that a layer of top soil and building materials form a barrier from whatever is buried underneath, but some parents believe ground movement may have caused toxic waste and methane to rise up.
Alex Neil repeated his call for an inquiry.
Alex Neil repeated his call for an inquiry. © STV
After the meeting, she said: "There's been ground movement from the very beginning. There have been certain bits of the ground moving constantly.
"I'm not reassured. There should be an investigation into every issue within the building - the methane gas, the ground movement, the blue water, all these illnesses that are happening. That's why I'm speaking out now.
"There's a lot of anger because these people have been drinking this water for years. I've actually drank it myself."
Mr Neil addressed the meeting after earlier telling STV News that the school should be "vacated" and an independent investigation ordered.
He later said: "In the presentations from the council and the NHS they made clear what they think is not causing the problem.
"They don't think the blue water is the source of the problem, they don't think the copper is the source of the problem. The question is, what is the source of the problem?
"I think folk are quite rightly very, very angry. People are very worried about their children and their grandchildren and they're also very upset about the teachers who have fallen ill we think as a result of something that may be happening at the school."
'Public health experts at NHS Lanarkshire have confirmed that there is no link between the site of Buchanan and St Ambrose High Schools and cases of cancer'
North Lanarkshire Council
He said that as more parents consider withdrawing their children from the schools, there was a danger of them "losing out on their education".
He said: "We need urgent action. We need a strategy in place for relocating the children while a proper investigation goes on."
Many parents expressed distrust of North Lanarkshire Council, accusing officials of lacking transparency.
The council has launched a website which states: "Public health experts at NHS Lanarkshire have confirmed that there is no link between the site of Buchanan and St Ambrose High schools and cases of cancer following an investigation and assessment which the council fully cooperated with.
"In addition, those experts have found no link to date with any other illnesses. The council will continue to provide any information required by NHS Lanarkshire.
"The safety of pupils and staff is the council's primary concern in any circumstances. There is no credible evidence to suggest that any serious illness has been caused by environmental factors associated with the school site or copper previously being present in the drinking water supply."
'There should be an investigation into every issue within the building - the methane gas, the ground movement, the blue water, all these illnesses that are happening'
A North Lanarkshire Council spokesman said: "Understandably some parents, staff and community members came to last night's meeting with genuine concerns.
"Senior council officers and a consultant in public health medicine provided facts.
"The school is safe. The action taken by the council to address the issue of blue water has been resolved, the site on which the school campus is built has met national and international standards of remediation and public health experts have confirmed that there is no link between blue water, the site itself and cancer or indeed any other serious illness."
"The maintenance of secrets acts like a psychic poison which alienates the possessor from the community" Carl Jung