Parents pack charter school meeting on asbestos

Lafayette Academy asbestos meeting

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Parents brought serious questions to a packed meeting about possible asbestos at an Orleans Parish charter school.

The meeting was held at the Lafayette Academy extension where parents asked school officials why they weren't notified sooner about asbestos-related violations cited in a 2017 Louisiana Department of Environmental quality report.

That inspection noted that children were seen walking in between containment areas that weren't secured. The inspection even noted that a student poked his head into a containment area.

The report also said the acting supervisor on that project was unaccredited and had falsified his paperwork.

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality said they don't believe any children were exposed to asbestos, and air quality reports were within acceptable standards.

Lafayette students will now have to start the school year in another building because another contractor made grave errors while doing asbestos abatement, according to the school. The building is possibly contaminated.

School officials said the mistake by the contractor could now cost them millions of dollars, and that they plan to sue the contractor in hopes of recovering that money.

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