A hidden scandal: America’s school students exposed to water tainted by toxic lead

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JESSICA GLENZAAND and OLIVER MILMAN / THE GUARDIAN – When Shakima Thomas came home from her job as a Newark, New Jersey social worker in October 2018, she found a paper wedged in her door. The notice said her water could be contaminated with lead.

Officials first found lead in school water fountains and taps nearly two years earlier. Contamination in homes was revealed by environmentalists, as it became apparent Newark’s corrosive water contributed to lead leaching from plumbing into people’s water.

“My kid loves water – he loves it – so it was difficult telling him not to drink the water,” said Thomas, about her son Bryce. “He’s four years old and doesn’t understand.” …

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