Photos of Problems at Seattle Schools

From Muir Elementary (second time this year that coolant has leaked into the cafeteria this year):

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For at least the second time this year near RESMS, needles on the ground:

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Anonymous said…
Needles were found by Cascadia Elementary as well (right next door to RESMS).

Anonymous said…
There are needles found at almost every school and park in this city.

Why do we take it?

HHP, be sure to ask all the people running for City Council, like Director DeWolf.
Sarcastic One said…
Shouldn't DeWolf will take care of the needles on school grounds before taking-on the city?
Anonymous said…
The needles are at Scott Pinkham's area schools. There are lots of issues with many of the schools but few solutions.

Look out
Historian said…
DeWolf ran on a platform to work in conjunction with the city of Seattle to improve public schools. He should be working with the city to clean-up needles off of school property.
kellie said…
With 110 school buildings in Seattle, there is always something happening at every building. The real question here is what is the emergency response for hazmat. If there was a fire, the emergency response would have been very clear. So what is the emergency response for things that don't require the police or fire departments but are still hazardous?

From Facebook; many parents are furious and saying they are going to call both King County and OSHA.

One parent's thoughts:
"This happened to my child. That is his class that was exposed to a massive amount of coolant. At this point, none of the parents have received any notification of this event, and any long or short-term health impacts that it may have on our children."

Another parent:
"My stepfather is a Health Physicist and has written most of the hazard manuals for Handford over the last 16 years... when I sent him this he wasn’t panicked but he was concerned - he asked three things:

1) were the children immediately removed and checked for contact reactions and were their shoes/clothing removed and cleaned properly

2) how will they be cleaning the school and assuring it’s been checked by district Haz team

3)what communication will the parents get. (They are required to be notified by law of any known exposure)

I know the answer to the first one. No, the children were not removed and no one initiated a contact reaction check.
I’m guessing parents were not sent a communication about the shoes or clothing either.

And the latter two ...Great questions!

Who is responsible for notifying parents of clean up process followed?
Did they notify all parents of the exposure and send the exposure effects sheet?"

What I said:
"Just to note, basic maintenance comes from the General Fund And has been in decline since the late ‘70s. The capital levies fund new/renovated building and additions plus big maintenance like water lines, roofs and HVAC. We all know if you do not maintain a building, small problems turn into big problems."

I believe that there is a lot of money in the various BEX/BTA levies (not just the current ones but ones dating way back). This should be a priority.
Anonymous said…
We should be 1000 time more concerned with a child being poked by one of those used needles that coolent, it's obvious that taking aggressive action against homeless druggies is not PC in Seattle. If the needles are infected with Hep or HIV there is really no difference then if people were leaving loaded guns instead of used needles.

Is it going to take a child to be seriously injured by one of the needles before SPS or the city or PTAs are going do something LIKE making the police enforce the laws?

Cameras cost less than $50...DO SOMETHING PEOPLE!!!!!

pissed off
Anonymous said…
Needles can be reported to Find It Fix It. They come and pick those up very quickly. I have had to report them at Northgate Parking Lot.

Ed said…
"district Haz team"?


Better ask about that if you enjoy fiction.
HP, the RESMS did do that and they came out. So pick up is not the real problem; needles appearing near or around the school are.
Anonymous said…
It's great that someone picks up those needles (TAX DOLLARS BETTER SPENT) but there needs to be enforcement of the laws. Wake up Seattle!

pissed off
Anonymous said…
@ po'd, tax dollars are better spent picking up needles? And they'd also (or even more so?) be better spent enforcing the laws--which I guess means jailing addicts for using or dropping needles? That sounds pretty expensive to me, and probably not all that effective.

Maybe actual treatment is the way to go. Address the actual problem(s), not just the symptoms.


Anonymous said…
No I'm saying drop a used needle on school property then go to jail. They don't have to drop the needles. The PC crowd seems to lack common sense when it comes to dealing with protecting children. The are consistently favoring to allow people to run amok rather than protect out city's children.

I would send the perp to jail for 3 days then 2 weeks of cleaning up homeless encampments.

I'm so brutal!

pissed off
Walking Aurora said…
The walk zone around Eagle Staff is 2 miles. The walk zone around Licton Springs and Cascadia is 1 mile (right?). So, I'm not sure how much it helps to keep all the needles off the patch of grass they just showed up in if the students are still having to tiptoe through the used needles the rest of the way to school. I mean, if the goal is to keep 5 to 13 year olds from contracting AIDS or hepatitis or whatever else.

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