VALLEY HEAD, Ala. (WHNT)- Parents, teachers and students packed the gym at Valley Head High School Monday night. They were there to listen to school leaders and also voice their own concerns over a mold problem inside the building.
“We found it on the walls. The baseboards. We found it in closets. We found it on windows. You name it. We found it,” said parent Dave Vest.
The mold was first discovered last fall. School officials say they treated it then, but it returned. The situation came to a head last Friday when plaster on a wall in one classroom started falling. This raised fears that mold could be spread through the whole school.
“My child, your child deserve better than that building they are going to school in everyday. There are cracks in the walls,” said parent Tara Kirby.
Other parents stood up to say that what is needed right now is calm.
“I don’t want to cause everyone to start panicking and thinking oh my gosh the sky is falling. My kids are all going to die,” said a parent who only identified herself as Karen.
Officials have said the mold did not test positive as black mold, which has been linked to many health issues. But they do acknowledge that there could also be asbestos in the building. A report on that is scheduled to come back as early as Tuesday.
Superintendent Hugh Taylor told the crowd that he was sorry for any mishandling of the situation. He says the problems will be repaired. Students will be moved to other parts of the school while the mold is removed.