Defendants in the lead poisoning class action are the Butler Area School District and former superintendent Dale Lumley. The lawsuit was filed in US federal court in early February.
According to court documents, plaintiff Jennifer Tait asserts the school district received test results that reflected levels of lead and copper in the water supply of Summit Elementary School located in Butler, Pennsylvania – about 50 miles north of Pittsburgh. Levels of lead in the school’s water supply were alleged to have been 200, to 300 percent higher than allowable limits. Additionally, levels of copper in the drinking water were found to be approaching levels that are also considered hazardous, or so the class action lawsuit claims.
The lawsuit notes that elevated levels of copper and lead in drinking water can lead to lasting injuries and damage to the brain and kidneys.
Tait asserts in her lead poisoning lawsuit that Lumley and the maintenance director of the school district received the results of water testing at the school, but decided against revealing the results to students or their parents in a timely fashion. The lawsuit, asserting risks to neurologic brain memory and the nervous system, claims the defendants knew the health risks, but withheld the information.
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“Representative plaintiff has been caused extreme mental and emotional anguish and distress, causing severe depression, nightmares, stress, and/or anxiety, some or all of which have or may require psychological treatment,” the complaint said.
The lead poisoning class action is Tait et al v. Butler Area School District et al., Case No. 2:17-cv-00182 in the US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.