This is certainly a local issue – but one worth talking about.

Roanoke City Schools have had reports (since September) of strange symptoms affecting teachers and students at an area high school– William Byrd. The symptoms seem neurological – headache; dizziness; tremors – so what on earth could cause this?

The local Health Department assured family members last night the school was safe. Forgive my skepticism, but how do they know that? If you don’t know what is causing the problem, how can you opine there is no problem?

Has the local health department called CDC? Asked for state Health Department assistance? Asked for environmental tests? Done lab work on teachers and students? I understand the desire to prevent public outrage – but making conclusions and public safety statements this soon, helps no one.

To the families of William Byrd staff and students – I am thinking of you. I know it must be scary situation.

Lauren Ellerman
Lauren Ellerman

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