Foul odor causes classrooms to move at Richmond Elementary School

Published: Apr. 23, 2015 at 8:06 PM EDT|Updated: May. 3, 2015 at 10:51 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A foul odor is forcing classrooms to move at a Richmond elementary school, and officials haven't yet figured out what's causing the smell.

The smell has been permeating through John B. Cary Elementary for months, according to administrators. Officials are actively working to zero-in on the source. Meantime, parents are growing more concerned over the health of their children.

School officials say maintenance crews, public utility workers, and an outside environmental consulting company has investigated where this smell is coming from at Cary Elementary. However, the source of the odor still isn't pinpointed.

"Just a dead, fishy smell," said mom Jasmine Leake, whose daughter's classroom was one of three that moved to a different park of the building.

Misty Gholson, another parent, says she got sick from the odor when she entered the building.

"It made my stomach cringe a lot. It made me feel like I wanted to gag," said Gholson. "It smells worse than a rotten egg.  I saw a teacher wearing a mask on her face today, when I came in the school. I'm scared for my children because I don't know what they're breathing in."

Maintenance crews removed tile from the ceiling, while public utility workers checked all the gas lines in the building. Administrators plan to meet with staff members tomorrow about the results of the environmental consulting company's review of the facility.

In the  mean time, Gholson says the source of smell is needs to be detected soon. "Children shouldn't have to go in an environment where they have to be moved out of a classroom."

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