Asbestos found at Middleville elementary

Full story: WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan

Asbestos was "unexpectedly" found at McFall Elementary School while work crews were pulling up tile.
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1 - 12 of 12 Comments Last updated May 14, 2008
Josh

Grand Rapids, MI

#1 Apr 22, 2008
Asbestos fibers are like fish hooks. Once they are in your tissue they don't come out.

“michigan weather?!?”

Since: Apr 08

middleville mi

#2 Apr 22, 2008
my neice goes that school

“Taz say Hi”

Since: Jan 08

Holland,MI

#3 Apr 22, 2008
More information would be nice on this one. Was the asbestos in old tiles that were under the ones they were pulling up? Or was it in the tiles that they were pulling up?
Concerned Parent

Alpena, MI

#4 Apr 22, 2008
I heard about this today, and was going to pull my son out of school, but after talking with my husband who is a safety specaliest, he said as long as it is contained and the windows and doors were shut, the kids would be ok. That entire school is filled with asbestos I am sure. That is why they had to take down the old Middleschool.

“Lost my mind”

Since: Apr 07

be back later

#5 Apr 22, 2008
Niiiiiiiiiiiiice...

Oh.. and they sent a note home? Must have only been to the kids at McFall they sent it to.

My youngest was there last year.

They are in the middle of tearing out the old cafeteria. That's probably where it came from. And that area is closed off to students. They even have parts of the playground closed off right now. BUT.. that area is open to the outside. They started this project during spring break. Does anyone know WHEN it was found? That should eliminate how much of an exposure risk the students had/have.
Concerned Parent

Encino, CA

#6 Apr 22, 2008
More information would be nice. I also have children going there. I have not receive the note as of yet. My child goes every other day. Is it really safe to send her back?
Chris

Grand Rapids, MI

#7 Apr 22, 2008
I went to this school in the 70's. It's not a shock to me. The middle school (old high school) had it too. Of course they didn't seem to know that until they tore it down. Usual politics saying they didn't know about it. I don't believe that for a second.

“Go TIGERS!!”

Since: Nov 07

Rockford, MI

#8 Apr 22, 2008
neecer wrote:
Niiiiiiiiiiiiice...
Oh.. and they sent a note home? Must have only been to the kids at McFall they sent it to.
My youngest was there last year.
They are in the middle of tearing out the old cafeteria. That's probably where it came from. And that area is closed off to students. They even have parts of the playground closed off right now. BUT.. that area is open to the outside. They started this project during spring break. Does anyone know WHEN it was found? That should eliminate how much of an exposure risk the students had/have.
I was just thinking of you Neecer. I was going to email you, guess I don't need to. Hope you can get the info you need!!

“Lost my mind”

Since: Apr 07

be back later

#9 Apr 23, 2008
5ducklings wrote:
<quoted text>I was just thinking of you Neecer. I was going to email you, guess I don't need to. Hope you can get the info you need!!
I've been watching their homepage.. nothing is posted yet.

But for those who were looking for the funeral arrangements for Nikkolas Carmean... you can find them there. I don't go to Caledonia's site, so I don't know if they have them listed there for the other young man. My guess is yes they do.

The TK site is http://www.tkschools.org/Pages/districthome.a...

If it was isolated and there is no threat to the students... fine. It's a very old building and quite frankly, it really doesn't surprise me that they found it. How many other old buildings and homes has Asbestos been found in that we don't hear about? Don't get me wrong, I'm not amused about Asbestos being found in one of our schools. But if the situation has been handled properly, and it's been disposed of properly, what more can we do? It's a product that hasn't been used in a very long time. Whether we like it or not, unless all of the older buildings are torn down and rebuilt, it's still going to be found.

Oh, and notification to ALL of the district would be nice too
Crock

Cleveland, OH

#10 Apr 25, 2008
I believe there is more to the story that what was "reported" A permit for asbestos was pulled a month ago, that doesn't sound "unexpected" to me?
Beer Fart

Rockford, MI

#11 May 14, 2008
I'd take my chance with asbestos rather then a poorly educated teacher.
HMMM

Wayland, MI

#12 May 14, 2008
Asbestos was used everywhere. Seems that someone would have would have looked into this first. Vacation is coming. its a problem that could have been managed better.

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