Parents take children out of ‘toxic land’ schools over health fears

St Ambrose High School and neighbouring Buchanan High, an additional support needs school, were built on a landfill site used to dump hazardous industrial waste, including arsenic and lead. The Herald Scotland reports.

Last December, pupils and teachers were warned not to drink the tap water at the schools after it turned blue.

But it has since been revealed that four teachers from Buchanan High have been diagnosed with a rare form of bladder cancer.

Claire Breslin, whose 14-year-old son attends St Ambrose High School, is one of the mothers who has vowed to keep her child off school until his health is given the all clear.

She said: “I’m really upset and apprehensive. There’s just a lot of unanswered questions. There’s the teachers with cancer and there’s also other people we know with cancer and children with health problems.”

Teachers at Buchanan High have voted for strike action after the public meeting last Thursday that was attended by hundreds of people.

The NASUWT union confirmed seven days of strike action later this month.

Nearly 10,000 people have signed a petition launched by parents calling for pupils and staff to be tested for “contamination” saying they “will not tolerate anyone playing Russian roulette with our children’s and teachers health and lives”.

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