Concerned parents are pulling their children out of schools in Scotland and teachers are expected to strike after several pupils showed up to six times higher levels of arsenic in their blood. ITV reports
It comes after four teachers had been diagnosed with a rare bladder cancer and another pupil had been removed from one of the schools after more than a year of sickness.
Calls to close two schools pending investigation, in North Lanarkshire, built on a toxic landfill site are growing after a boy went blind and tests revealed levels of arsenic in his system three times that of normal levels.
Two SNP councillors are now demanding North Lanarkshire Council to shut both St Ambrose High and Buchanan High schools in Coatbridge for tests, despite reassurances the site is safe.
Concerns were initially raised over blue water at the £44m campus that opened in 2012.
Blue water is caused by copper pipes and is not regarded as harmful but the council replaced the pipes with plastic.
However, parents say they are also concerned about metal industry and household waste buried beneath the school and some believe this has caused their children to become ill.
Officials told a crowd of around 300 there is no evidence linking the site with ill health.
However, many parents are still worried and have kept their children away from the schools while the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) union members begin strike action on Thursday.
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