Lead poisoning of kids – “A civil rights issue”
16,600 kids have been documented as having lead poisoning in Connecticut. These kids are all under 6 years of age and the results are only based on a blood lead screening rate of 25%. Plus they’ve been given no educational guidelines either from the state or the federal government.
As a result of this Vivian Cross who is the executive director of the Foundation for Educational Advancement spoke at the 15th African-American Women’s Summit and stated “This is a civil rights issue for our kids.”
The shocking lead poisoning statistic is from a lead poisoning report for the state that was conducted by the Centers for Disease Control between 1997 and 2006.
“In 2006, we surveyed 26 school districts across the state,” Cross stated “They did not know there was a relationship between early childhood lead exposure and learning disabilities, criminal behavior, developmental delays and unfortunately, a higher rate of death.” She also said that she wanted to see infants, toddlers, children and youth who have been affected by lead poisoning to receive federally mandated services.
According to Cross’ paper, 250,000 children across the United States suffer from lead poisoning, which has no obvious symptoms ans so is difficult to spot however the child could having learning disabilities, become irritable, have hyperactivity, or lose their appetite.
Cross also noted that there are no requirements for a school to be lead safe and therefore the state is not fulfilling its duty to students by not enforcing the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (I.D.E.A.). If they did they would get the children the learning support and assistance they require.
For more information about the lead poisoning in Connecticut click the link.