Student tests at Clay International Academy show presence of lead

Published: Apr. 12, 2019 at 7:19 PM EDT
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The results are in after a nine-week study testing for lead in and around Clay International Academy.

Sixth-graders partnered up with Bethel College students, as well as students from Notre Dame, to study the effects of lead and the presence of lead in and around the school.

Students found traces of lead in the boys and girls locker rooms, bleachers and ceilings in the main gym. Studies show the lead was traced back to dust and paint chips from the ceiling.

While the resolution may be as simple as wiping down each area, students say they were blown away by their findings.

"We did not know how important it was because we thought it's probably going to be safe," sixth-grader Kylie Bragg said. "We're not going to really do anything. But when it comes back over, we overexaggerate and our minds just go, like, "Oh, my God, we have to switch schools or we're going to shut the school down,' but we're not."

Clay International Academy says they are proud of the students for their studies and because of it, the school will be safer.

If you have a place in mind that you want to test for lead, you can do so for free by visiting the St. Joseph County Health Department.

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