QUEENS, New York – Asbestos has been discovered in an elementary school’s Corona annex, where kindergarten classes take place. Roughly 100 students from Public School 143 were removed from the annex last month following water leaks that threatened to disturb asbestos in the roof beams.

Students from the five kindergarten classes were placed in nearby PS 307 on Sept. 23 after the main PS 143 building became full. They children are expected to remain there until repairs on the annex are completed. However, this doesn’t assuage worried parents’ concerns.

“I am worried,” said Angelica Salgado, 38, of Corona, whose daughter was placed in the leased annex. Although Department of Education officials maintain that the area will be safe again, Salgado wonders, “how can we be sure?” Salgado is reluctant to put her daughter back in the annex, but schools are so overcrowded, there may not be another option.

The danger involves having the children become exposed to asbestos, a hazardous mineral that is often found in older buildings and which was used for insulation purposes. Although currently banned, asbestos still remains within the walls, flooring, roofing and other materials among these older structures.

When left alone, it is not a threat, but once the mineral is disturbed, the fibers become loose and can be breathed in by victims, leading to countless diseases including the terminal mesothelioma cancer. Mesothelioma affects the lining of the lungs, heart and chest cavities. It is extremely difficult to treat and diagnose because it can take up to 50 years to manifest, and once it does, symptoms may not even be severe enough to lead the victim to seek medical attention.

Even with treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation and surgery, prognosis for mesothelioma victims is grim. And unfortunately, there is currently no cure for the terrible disease. “It’s shameful that the Department of Education thinks it’s good enough for a child to go in there,” exclaimed a teacher, who chose to remain anonymous. “It’s just awful.”

Teachers were forced to abandon all of their school supplies since they are not allowed to go back into the building. “Right now, we’re improvising,” she added. “We’re going to dollar stores. We’re borrowing from teachers that are in our main building.” A Department of Education official reported that air tests in the annex did not detect asbestos, but children and staff were moved as a safety precaution.

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