Parents of students attending the Roseau Primary School are concerned wersand are seeking answers as to what is causing their children to fall sick while attending the institution.
They are also angry over what they described as the “hush hush attitude” of officials over the real reason why the school was shut down last week Tuesday.
Reports reaching DNO indicate that students began getting sick and a child fainted last week when an old building adjacent to the Government Information Service (GIS) in Bath Estate was being demolished.
Reports are the school was shut down and students were told to return on Tuesday. However, the problem of students falling sick resurfaced.
One parent at the school on Tuesday, said she became very concerned after she witnessed an asthmatic child “falling for the third time.”
She said since the demolition of the building she too has been experiencing severe itching on her body.
“I am very concerned about what is happening in the Bath Estate area,” she said, “As a parent I think it is really unacceptable that no one came, not from the ministry of health, not from the school itself to alert the parents as to what is taking place at the school.”
Another parent said she called the ministry of health on Tuesday when she saw students fainting at the school.
The students were subsequently sent home at around 10:00 am.
When contacted, the principal of the school said she could not comment on the matter but the ministry of education would send a release soon.
Attempts were made by DNO to contact the ministry of health and the ministry of education without success.
Rumors have been swirling in Bath Estate that asbestos may be the culprit behind the entire situation, but this has not been confirmed by authorities.
Exposure to asbestos can causes diseases including malignant mesothelioma and other cancers.
“As a parent I went online and I looked up asbestos and what I saw, the effects of being exposed to asbestos does, I mean as a parent, can you expect parents to send their children to school, exposed to that, and they are asking the children as well as the teachers to come to school,” a parent said on Tuesday.