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Chemical Spill Clean

By: Marcus Washington
By: Marcus Washington

March 6, 2006

Tonight the chemical cleanup at one Greene county high school was under way. This all came after a case of vandalism that caused a chemical spill, moving several students to other parts of the building.

Tonight a crew was on the scene at William Monroe high school, cleaning up that chemical spill in one of the classroom trailers. A Greene county representative said everything is under control. Parents in the area say the incident caused quit a scare.

“I don't know who did it, but if they think it's funny it's not," said Kim Coulter, mother.

Kim Coulter's emotions speak for several parents, students and administrators at William Monroe High School.

During the vandalism of several classroom trailers over the weekend, chemicals were spilled, causing school administrators to block off the area.

“The area was isolated, said Sheriff J. Scott Haas of Greene County. “We do not have a hazmat team so we called in Charlottesville which we've worked with before and we're very comfortable with there recommendations.”

Safety Kleen, a waste removal team from North Carolina arrived to the scene around 7:30 p.m. to start the cleanup process that will have classrooms open to students and teachers tomorrow.

"The waste removal team has arrived. They've surveyed the areas of concern and they indicate that they'll be done in about an hour and the classrooms will be able to be used tomorrow morning," said Kim Powell with Greene County Schools.

That quick reaction from the school systems gives parents like Kim Coulter a peace of mind when their child is at school.

"I really do think that they dealt with it appropriately and expediately, and for that I'm grateful," said Coulter.

Representatives say that no one was ever in serious danger from the spill, but they wanted to be safe. The investigation continues as sheriff deputies try to find who caused the vandalism.


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