Some Westchester parents say a Briarcliff board meeting Tuesday was a matter of life and death. You could hear the desperation in some parents' voices.
Parent Mark Santiago was upset that during a presentation about how to clean up several school fields, which some say are toxic and caused students to get sick with cancer, there were both technical snafus and what he perceived as a lack of substantive answers in addressing such a serious concern.
Back in February, three separate legal claims filed against the school district were almost identical. The claims said that since 1998 at least four Briarcliff students who used the fields died from cancer and 11 others have cancer-related illnesses.
The board addressed all Briarcliff parents in a prepared statement.
Michael Bogin, an environmental lawyer for Briarcliff schools, said the fields have been safe all along, never the source of any cancer-causing illness.