Water In Flint, Michigan Causing Children To Have Learning Disabilities
The Flint, Michigan water crisis has been going on for nearly two years. It started in February 2014 when the city decided to switch from using the Detroit water line as their main source to the Flint River. Since then, the water has been found to contain an excessive amount of lead in it, causing children to become poisoned.
According to psychologists, kids ages 3 to 5 are showing learning disabilities and are lacking social skills. “It’s a whole generation here that’s been poisoned,”Eileen Tomasi, a school nurse, told NPR’s Marketplace.
Further research done by Marc Edwards illustrated that the lead is causing “miscarriages and fetal death”.
“When I saw those numbers I was shocked,” Edwards said. “I have never in my 25-year career seen such outrageously high levels going into another home in the United States. This was literally hazardous-waste levels.”
Although several organizations and public figures have donated thousands of cases of bottle water to those in need, it is still not enough. A significant amount of damage has already been done and it is believed that it will cost the district $10 million to treat those who have been affected. The money will be used to hire additional special ed teachers, nurses, and fund early childhood programs.
Source: America News