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Old 12-03-2012, 01:36 PM
 
Location: Senoia, GA
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43 students, 5 adults suffer carbon monoxide poisoning at Atlanta elementary school - U.S. News


Carbon monoxide sickens 42 kids at Ga. school | Nation & World | The Seattle Times

Here's the thing with this, GA schools are not required to put in Carbon Monoxide detectors...All New York City schools are required, all Chicago(of all places) and Detriot schools are required to put in Carbon Monoxide detectors...Atlanta schools aren't. That's a very dangerous threat to the safety of Children.

I hope those 42 kids make it out of the hospital all right.
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Old 12-03-2012, 01:40 PM
 
Location: North Fulton
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Awful news and very scary! I sure hope everyone who got sick is doing well and goes home from the hospital asap. I had assumed the school was older, but according to the AJC article, the school itself was built in 2004.
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Old 12-04-2012, 07:59 PM
 
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You wonder how this could be. Guess nobody thinks it's important enough to put carbon monoxide detectors in schools. Smoke detectors, yes (I assume) but not carbon monoxide detectors. How idiotic.
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Old 12-04-2012, 11:04 PM
 
Location: Savannah GA
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Did a Google news search to view national coverage of this, and almost all of it -- in every state, in every city, on every major network -- focused on the fact that only TWO states, Connecticut and Maryland, have laws requiring carbon monoxide detectors in schools. Fortunate thing that there were no serious injuries here in Atlanta, and the incident has turned the nation's attention this to issue, which is somewhat a no-brainer.

Here's a nice lengthy in depth report from Tuesday's TODAY show:

Carbon monoxide detectors not required in all schools - Video on TODAY.com
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Old 12-04-2012, 11:09 PM
 
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Must be part of the reason for the low graduation rates.
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Old 12-05-2012, 03:32 AM
 
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Did a Google news search to view national coverage of this, and almost all of it -- in every state, in every city, on every major network -- focused on the fact that only TWO states, Connecticut and Maryland, have laws requiring carbon monoxide detectors in schools. Fortunate thing that there were no serious injuries here in Atlanta, and the incident has turned the nation's attention this to issue, which is somewhat a no-brainer.

Here's a nice lengthy in depth report from Tuesday's TODAY show:

Carbon monoxide detectors not required in all schools - Video on TODAY.com
It may be too soon to know if there are serious injuries. I have a friend's husband that had carbon monoxide poisioning and he was never able to return to work. His reflex and thought process is clouded. It really messes with your head.
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:58 AM
 
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It wouldn't surprise me if this has been going on for generations. In times past it wouldn't even have occurred to anyone to check for carbon monoxide. When I was growing up schools were filled with asbestos insulation in the walls and ceilings and on all the pipes. These days you'd need a hazmat team to remove that stuff. The walls were covered with many layers of lead paint. They routinely sprayed with pesticides that are outlawed today, and PCB's were everywhere. Smoke detectors consisted of the human nose and hazards like mold and radon had never entered anybody's mind.

It's a miracle any of us survive the education process.
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:11 AM
 
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It wouldn't surprise me if this has been going on for generations. In times past it wouldn't even have occurred to anyone to check for carbon monoxide. When I was growing up schools were filled with asbestos insulation in the walls and ceilings and on all the pipes. These days you'd need a hazmat team to remove that stuff. The walls were covered with many layers of lead paint. They routinely sprayed with pesticides that are outlawed today, and PCB's were everywhere. Smoke detectors consisted of the human nose and hazards like mold and radon had never entered anybody's mind.

It's a miracle any of us survive the education process.
That is so true.
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Old 12-05-2012, 03:13 PM
 
Location: Savannah GA
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We also rode bikes without helmets, skated without kneepads and ran with scissors!

I don't even think school playgrounds have monkey bars anymore. I got sent to the principal's office in 1st grade for jumping off the monkey bars "inappropriately." It has scarred me to this day.
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Old 12-05-2012, 05:53 PM
 
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We also rode bikes without helmets, skated without kneepads and ran with scissors!

I don't even think school playgrounds have monkey bars anymore. I got sent to the principal's office in 1st grade for jumping off the monkey bars "inappropriately." It has scarred me to this day.
We also rode on the tailgates of pickup trucks and station wagons and gulped water from the hose. Child seats were little plastic and aluminum contraptions that hung over the seat back, but most of us just stood up on the front seat and waited for mama to fling her arm out when we came to a stop.

If grownups treated kids like they did a couple of generations ago they'd be sent to prison.
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