Excessive levels of lead, copper found at public schools in Grosse Pointe

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By Steve Neavling
Motor City Muckraker

Children and teachers at six public schools in Grosse Pointe were subjected to excessive levels of lead and copper, which can cause brain damage, the district announced Monday.

The findings come less than a week after Detroit Public Schools announced that 19 of its schools had elevated levels of lead and copper. Schools across Michigan are testing their water for lead and other contamination in the wake of the Flint water crisis.

Grosse Pointe Public Schools, one of the wealthiest and highest achieving in the state, hired a company to sample water at the district’s 15 schools and found high levels of lead and copper in fountains and sinks. The schools were Barnes Early Childhood, Brownell Middle School, Defer Elementary, Kerby Elementary School, Maire Elementary School and Pierce Middle School.

In a letter to staff and parents, Superintendent Gary Niehaus said an early analysis of the results “appears to indicate more of a problem with individual fixtures than a systemic issue.”

Niehaus said the district has turned off fountains with contaminated water and distributed bottled water to some schools.

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.

  • Dongald Trumpenis

    Has Snyder raced to Grosse Pointe to drink the water, or will he wait a few years until after the problem has been dealt with to make his empty gesture?

  • Dongald Trumpenis

    Has Snyder raced to Grosse Pointe to drink the water, or will he wait a few years until after the problem has been dealt with to make his empty gesture?

    • javierjuanmanuel

      Hey dipshit, all the old infastructure all over the place has lead in it.

      He has been drinking lead his entire life.

      • Dongald Trumpenis

        Why don’t you marry Snyder already- you’re so in love with him.

        • javierjuanmanuel

          Not thinking this is all him, and a top down thing, does not mean I love him. Do you think the governor oversees every single office, desk at every agency, park, etc in the state? Or just this one instance ?

          Will it flip back to normal when he leaves ?

          If a dem is running the state and guards are raping kids at the juvie center, and guards are sleeping with inmates, and sneaking in drugs, and female teachers are effing their 13 year old male students, and principals are stealing money for upkeep etc all this stuff is the fault of the democratic governor ?

          As far as I can remember with jenny from the block, nothing is ever her fault, all you need is good intentions, if it does not work out, its never her fault.

        • javierjuanmanuel

          Not thinking this is all him, and a top down thing, does not mean I love him. Do you think the governor oversees every single office, desk at every agency, park, etc in the state? Or just this one instance ?

          Will it flip back to normal when he leaves ?

          If a dem is running the state and guards are raping kids at the juvie center, and guards are sleeping with inmates, and sneaking in drugs, and female teachers are effing their 13 year old male students, and principals are stealing money for upkeep etc all this stuff is the fault of the democratic governor ?

          As far as I can remember with jenny from the block, nothing is ever her fault, all you need is good intentions, if it does not work out, its never her fault.

        • Klann Killa

          Marry him!? HA!!! The only reason this bone head hasn’t had Rick’s kids is because he keeps swallowing them. (GULP) ?‍❤️‍? HAHAHA?????????

        • Klann Killa

          Marry him!? HA!!! The only reason this bone head hasn’t had Rick’s kids is because he keeps swallowing them. (GULP) ?‍❤️‍? HAHAHA?????????

  • maggiemay

    Why is this surprising? Grosse Pointe is an old community with old infrastructure. Same as Detroit.

  • banmar

    I agree with your first and last paragraphs. Unless you’re living in a brand-new development with new infrastructure and schools, it’s not going to be completely eradicated, and even then you have the variables of what pipes they’re using at the water treatment plant and the age of the mains it has to travel through to get to the new community.

    • javierjuanmanuel

      Its in the fittings and castings of new stuff as well.

      The wackjobs of the left, made the point no lead is the only acceptable amount, any lead is a civil rights issue, hate based, racial etc. Well there is lead in new construction as well.

      Tons of chinese toys have lead paint on them, kids shew on them, and the big government that so many worship lets it go on.

      • banmar

        Those dollar-store baby items and other toys are usually unbelievably toxic. Unfortunately, low-income parents usually purchase these items, exposing their kids to wildly high levels of lead and BCPs. (I worked at Toys R Us/Babies R Us HQ and saw some of the internal documents from vendors, and they were pretty scary.) Every Christmas, folks who run toy drives have to pick through donations to try not to poison the kids they’re trying to help.

  • javierjuanmanuel

    I have been saying this for months, nasty lead water is all over, and not reported, or under reported, combined with no hype fear mongering.

    Also hillary said this would not happen in gp, what a pompous, ignorant, lying, racist bitch.

    This is just the begining.

    • Dongald Trumpenis

      As usual, you’re an idiot.

      No emergency manager swooped in and forced G.P. to switch water sources- causing THIS example of high lead and copper levels.

      Your Hillary insults could be a lot better too.

      • javierjuanmanuel

        Embezzler, fraud, incompetent, fat ankle dog face, wide ass, freeloader ?

        I thought you were a bernie man.

        Why would an EM or anything like that matter. This illustrates how flint is not unique, it is not a money thing, it is a fact lead pipes were put in all over almost ten years after they banned lead in paint. Big government that you worship has failed you, if you think lead is bad. There are institutions all over the state, run by the state like jails, juvie centers, government offices, parks, etc that have high lead. They regulate the entire state, much of the state has high lead, espcially if you are of the mindset that no one should consume any lead ever. We people all over are consuming it.

        • Dongald Trumpenis

          I AM for Bernie, but I still like to spend my free time pointing out how your thoughg process is defective, and logic is non-existent.

          Clinton ahould never set foot in the White House, but try to use accurate criticisms.

          Yes there is high lead in many communities, but most don’t have a governor ordering his cronies to protect his pet pipeline project by denying the warnings of experts.

          • javierjuanmanuel

            You are leaving out why they had an EM.

            You are leaving out all the low level people who did not do their job, and the 5 agencies that oversee the water all dropped the ball. You think this is all or even mostly synder. You are mentally ill.

          • javierjuanmanuel

            You are leaving out why they had an EM.

            You are leaving out all the low level people who did not do their job, and the 5 agencies that oversee the water all dropped the ball. You think this is all or even mostly synder. You are mentally ill.

          • Klann Killa

            Yeah we get why they ended up with an EM, corruption, incompetence, blah,blah,blah. WE GET IT!!!!! This is about the lies meathead. “The water is safe to drink.” “Id let my grandkids bathe in it.” All while trucking in bottled water to his employees in Flint area offices, even after GM said that the water was trash. You my friend are the shining example of a despicable human being, taking up space on our planet. You should apply for a job “close” to Rick. I’m sure he would LOVE to have a legion of “nut huggers” such as yourself so he could toss you fools ? under the bus ? one by one. Your ignorance, and felonious ? sucking is both mind numbing, and disgusting. Have you any shame?

        • Dongald Trumpenis

          I AM for Bernie, but I still like to spend my free time pointing out how your thoughg process is defective, and logic is non-existent.

          Clinton ahould never set foot in the White House, but try to use accurate criticisms.

          Yes there is high lead in many communities, but most don’t have a governor ordering his cronies to protect his pet pipeline project by denying the warnings of experts.