Note: I wrote this post in response to my child coming home distraught – in tears, actually – over the cavalier attitudes/misplaced and absolute confidence of nearly all of the adults who whom he has interacted with at school regarding this issue. While my tone may seem inappropriate and my anger may seem misplaced to some, for me the time for civility is long passed on this issue. I first contacted the school district about lead in the drinking fountains (at Lewellyn Elementary School and Jackson Middle School) in 2009. It is now almost 2019, and I fear that to deliver this message without my natural anger, without my historically justified “emotional charge” – will get nowhere, as it has gotten nowhere over the past ten years.
Additionally, this morning it was the SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST who called us with this “concern” — basically implying that our son AVI was being CRAZY for being upset about this, when in fact Avi is simply better-informed than most of the adults in the school, and (yet again) no one is listening to him (as they did not listen to him throughout the 2015/2016 school year when he advised everyone to not drink from the fountains — before the lies and obstructionist behavior of the district administrators were common knowledge). That story is, however, for another post.
Subject: Please immediately send us the test results that show the water in Sellwood Middle School is safe to drink.
way to go Tamara! keep us posted!