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January 12, 2012


Nancy Swan

I was seriously and permanently injured while teaching at Long Beach Mississippi middle school. More than two dozen children also suffered serious injuries. Despite the reports of injury, the contractor refused to stop spraying toxic chemicals.

The EPA reports that one half of U.S. schools have air that is unsafe for children to breathe. Participate in this program and learn where the problems are and what can be done to improve our schools and protect the health of our children.

Many schools use cleaners that are known to cause cancer. Children are sickened by gasses and particles from pesticides to toxic renovation and construction chemicals. Many children are left learning disabled and some suffer cancer caused by exposure to pesticides and toxic products and fumes at schools.

To the hundreds of parents who write me their stories, here is your chance to tell CNN that you want them to continue to focus on hazardous environmental and chemicals in our schools.

Inform your school officials about this program. Unfortunately, decisions which leave children and teachers at risk are made by school officials who know little to nothing about toxic chemicals nor children's susceptibility to hazardous products. Our officials and teachers need training to protect our kids. Children's Environmental Protection Alliance is working to produce the Children's EPA workshop for politicians to school janitors.

Go to http://www.childrensepa.org to learn more about toxic schools. To learn about what happened to me, go to http://www.toxicjustice.com

To see listing of toxic school news articles go to http://www.nancyswan.com/interests/healthy-schools-healthy-children/news

Nancy Swan

Toxic Justice: A Teacher's True Story of Her Toxic Injury And Quest For Justice, by Nancy Swan
Chapter 1

October 9, 1985, Wednesday

A yellow cloud billowed down off the flat top roof above my classroom at Long Beach Junior High School. Swirling briefly between the trucks and the outside wall, the stinging, sweet-tasting fumes and particles blew into the room through twelve open windows.

"Shut the windows," I yelled to the students, but my voice was drowned out by the loud rumbling and hissing from the machinery and trucks parked outside.

Two seventh-grade girls at the other end of the room coughed and fanned their notebooks in a vain attempt to breathe fresh air. Several children cupped their hands over their noses and backed away from the windows. I ran to the end of the classroom and shoved a bottom window shut. Standing on a chair, I leaned out to close the upper window, but it had swung too far out for me to reach the handle.

I looked down from the window into the bed of a battered white pickup truck where a motor or air compressor continued to roar. I could almost reach out the window and touch the bundle of hoses that hung down from the roof. The hoses snaked along the grass toward the large silver tanker parked in the median between the buildings.

To read more about my story, Toxic Justice go to and the hundreds of toxic school news stories posted each year, go to http://www.nancyswan.com/toxic-justice-a-true-story

and to read about Children's Environmental Protection Alliance go to http://www.childrensepa.org

Mark Bishop

Thank you Nancy for your information and excellent suggestions. I encourage people to take a look at Nancy’s website and learn about her experiences. And Nancy, I look forward to reading Toxic Justice when it is published. Good luck!

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