Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Toxins Can't Hurt NYC Schoolchildren

Well, obviously it makes no difference whether they hurt teachers, as Mayor Mike has repeatedly sworn to put their needs last, so what is the fuss all about? Well, according to the Daily News:
Window sills and door frames in dozens of city public schools contain a toxin that can lower IQ scores, causes asthma and is linked to cancer...

That's not so bad, is it? What do the Tweedie birds have to say about it?
...the Department of Education performed its own air and wipe tests in the affected schools. In all but one test, the PCBs in the caulking had not leaked into the air or surrounding environment.

You see? As long as you don't touch the stuff, it's no problem at all. And it's a well-established fact that kids are never curious about anything, so they never touch things or disturb them in any way, shape, or form.

City Department of Education officials insist the caulking poses no threat as long as it is left alone.

That's good enough for me. They know what's what. And after all, they always put children first. In my 250% capacity school, everyone is very close. As you'd expect, they never bump into each other, and they never accidentally touch or scratch anything.

Experts say PCBs left undisturbed can still leach out of the caulking into surrounding material or become airborne.

But what do they know? What's a little asthma, or a little cancer anyway? Kids who can't afford 20 thousand bucks a year for private school are gonna have to tough it out anyway, so they might as well get started now. After all, it's "Children First" in Mayor Bloomberg's New York, and there are still stadiums to be built.
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